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North Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Supplying Methamphetamine to Middle Georgia Community

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

MACON, Ga. – A Covington, Georgia, resident admitted in federal court to supplying a large quantity of methamphetamine to a drug dealer in the Monroe County, Georgia, community.

Frank Settambrino, 63, of Covington, Georgia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell today. Settambrino faces a maximum sentence of twenty years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 6. There is no parole in the federal system.

“The defendant was supplying a consistent and significant quantity of methamphetamine to Monroe County and the surrounding communities,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “Those individuals who profit by pushing large amounts of illegal and deadly drugs into the Middle District of Georgia face the possibility of federal prosecution for their criminal activities. I want to thank the DEA and both the Monroe and Newton County Sheriff’s Offices for shutting down this methamphetamine supply chain.”

“The by-products of ‘meth’ after its manufacture leave behind a dangerous and  toxic trail of waste,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division Robert J. Murphy. “DEA and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting citizens from these dangers by disrupting, dismantling and destroying those who traffic these toxic chemicals. Now that this defendant has been removed from the streets, the middle Georgia community is a safer place.”

According to court documents and other evidence, an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine distribution activities by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigators revealed that Settambrino was supplying methamphetamine to a dealer in the region. Between Sept. 2020 and Jan. 2021, the DEA and the MCSO coordinated a series of five audio and video recorded controlled purchases of methamphetamine involving Settambrino. A federal search warrant was executed at Settambrino’s residence on Jan. 14, 2021, where agents located more than one kilo of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia scattered throughout his home.

The case was investigated by DEA with assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Kalim is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Updated April 25, 2022