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Press Release

Armed Athens Drug Dealer Sentenced To Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Shabazz Sangria Wingfield, age 22, from Athens, Georgia, was sentenced today by the Honorable C. Ashley Royal, United States District Judge in Athens, Georgia.  Mr. Wingfield was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Mr. Wingfield was stopped by officers with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department on November 21, 2013 on West Broad Street in Athens, Georgia after getting in a car which then committed a traffic violation.  As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Wingfield admitted that when he got out of the car, an officer observed a piece of crack cocaine on the passenger seat where he had been sitting.  A subsequent search revealed that Mr. Wingfield had a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his pants, along with crack cocaine, powder cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana. 

“Although a young man, Shabazz Wingfield has already accumulated a regrettable number of arrests for charges involving firearms,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.  “I sincerely hope that Mr. Wingfield emerges after five years in federal prison as a changed man; in the meantime, the streets of Athens will be a safer place.”

The case was investigated by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Peter Leary is handling the prosecution for the Government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pam Lightsey at the United States Attorney’s Office at 478-752-3511.

Updated February 19, 2015