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Final Defendant in Augusta Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced 13 Years In Federal Prison

Final Defendant in Augusta Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced 13 Years In Federal Prison

Augusta, GA: The final defendant in a ten-person drug trafficking conspiracy out of the Augusta region received a sentence of more than ten years in federal prison.

According to Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Justin Wayne Fields, 40, of Swainsboro, Georgia, was sentenced to 168 months in prison after admitting guilt to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine.

Chief Judge J. Randal Hall also imposed a $2,500 fine on Fields and mandated that, after his prison sentence was up, he spend three years under supervision. The federal government does not offer parole.

The Swainsboro Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spearheaded a multi-agency investigation that revealed a drug pipeline from Mexico into the Atlanta region and beyond.

The defendants in the case included inmates in Georgia who used contraband devices to send and receive text messages and use Facebook. Many searches of homes, cars, and hotel rooms as a result of the investigation resulted in the discovery of illegal narcotics and weapons.

All nine of Fields’ co-defendants and the seven defendants included in the associated indictment entered guilty pleas to federal crimes. Due to their participation in the schemes, 16 of the 17 defendants have received sentences that could total up to 240 months in federal prison.

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