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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pelham Recidivist Drug Dealer Found Guilty

ALBANY: Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Joshua Griffin, age 32, of Pelham, Georgia was found guilty by a jury of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (Count 2) and Possession of Cocaine (Count 3). The trial was held July 16-17, 2018 before United States District Judge Leslie J. Abrams in Albany.

Evidence presented during the trial of the case showed that Pelham Police conducted a search at Griffin’s residence at 515 Lee Williams Road, Pelham, Georgia on January 11, 2017.  They recovered approximately 48 grams of marijuana, approximately 20 grams of 80% pure methamphetamine, less than 1 gram of cocaine, digital scales, plastic baggies, a ledger and approximate $1000 in United States Currency. 

Prior to the trial, the Government had served notice that it intended to seek increased punishment in his case based on his prior conviction in 2010 for Distribution of Cocaine Base.

Mr. Griffin faces a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of ten years and maximum potential sentence of life imprisonment on Count 1, a maximum potential sentence of ten years on Count 2 and a maximum sentence of three years on Count 3.  Sentencing in the case will be held in about 60 days following a pre-sentence investigation and report.

“Repeat drug offenders in the federal system get harsher sentences as a matter of law and, as in this case, oftentimes face stiff mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction.  Others in the illicit drug trade would be wise to pay heed to Mr. Griffin’s fate,” said United States Attorney Charles Peeler.

The case was investigated by the Pelham Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen prosecuted the case for the United States.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

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Updated July 24, 2018