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Albany and Americus Drug Dealers Sentenced to Serve Federal Prison Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2011

            United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia,  announces the sentencing of Nathaniel Hodges, age 28 of Americus, Georgia, and Sidney Whitfield, age 41 of Albany, Georgia, which took place before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge.  Both sentencings come as the result of guilty pleas entered by the Defendants.

            On September 10, 2009, agents executed a search warrant at Hodges’ residence in Americus, Georgia, seizing 8.3 grams of crack cocaine and 62.7 grams of powder cocaine along with $9,872.35.

            October 14, 2010, Nathaniel Hodges entered a plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute in excess of five grams of crack cocaine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(iii) charging possession with intent to distribute in excess of five grams of crack cocaine.  Hodges was sentenced to serve 37 months imprisonment.

            In an unrelated case, on May 26, 2009, agents executed a search warrant at Sydney Whitfield’s residence in Albany, Georgia, seizing 932.2 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, 27.6 grams of crack cocaine, and $30,291.00 in cash.  Whitfield entered a plea of guilty to violations of  Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(ii), possession with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine and Title 18, United States Code Section 924(c)(1)(A)(I), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

            On February 10, 2011, Whitfield was sentenced to serve 262 months imprisonment to be followed by a term of five years of supervised release.  Whitfield’s sentence was enhanced based on his prior convictions for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in Dougherty County Superior Court.

           Whitfield admitted that he was involved in purchasing and distributing narcotics and that he sold both crack and powder and that he cooked the crack himself.

            “I believe that we make our communities safer by getting drug dealers like Mr.  Hodges and Mr.  Whitfield off the streets,” Moore said.

            These cases were investigated by agents of the Columbus Drug Enforcement Administration and agents of the Sylvester Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen.

 

 

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