An inmate at the United States Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta has been accused of coordinating a major drug trafficking operation. The 37-year-old inmate was allegedly able to arrange for the sale and delivery of millions of dollars of methamphetamine while behind bars and may have been working for a Mexican cartel.
The inmate was identified after months of investigative work that started with the interception of a package from Canada containing 2,500 Xanax pills. Officers then tracked the package to a 37-year-old women in Florida where they discovered a pound of methamphetamine, as well as multiple pounds of marijuana and THC edibles.
Undercover officers were then able to arrange multiple deliveries of methamphetamine from Georgia to Florida. A 43-year-old women from Stone Mountain, Georgia is accused of trafficking the drugs on behalf of the Atlanta inmate, after allegedly delivered 26 pounds of methamphetamine to the officers in Florida. When questioned, she told officers that the inmate paid her to deliver the drugs.
The women’s arrest also led to the search of 8 different locations throughout Georgia where 1,416 pounds of methamphetamine were seized. Three other people were also arrested for alleged involvement. All persons now face various drug charges.
Drug charges can be a very serious criminal charge. Drug convictions often result in multiple years of imprisonment, as well as various fines. Therefore, anyone facing drug charges should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you fight the charges or negotiate a favorable plea deal with state prosecutors.