The following press release has been issued by the Office of Ashley H. Welch, District Attorney.
At the conclusion of a 5 day jury trial that began last week in Macon County Superior Court Brodie Hamilton, 31, of Franklin was convicted of Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Possession, Trafficking in Methamphetamine by Transportation, and Conspiracy to Traffic in Methamphetamine. He was sentenced Friday to a maximum of 70 and a half years in prison, and he will serve at least 56 years before he is eligible for release.
The case was tried by District Attorney Ashley Welch and Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas. The Honorable Bill Coward was the presiding and sentencing judge. The case was investigated by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.
The evidence presented by the District Attorney’s Office proved that Mr. Hamilton was a known methamphetamine dealer in Macon County with a customer base from several surrounding western mountain counties including Jackson and Swain counties. He dealt methamphetamine out of his residence in Macon County over a period of time and had been a methamphetamine dealer in Macon County for several years except for a period of time when he was in the Georgia prison system serving a sentence for Trafficking in Cocaine. On June 19, 2015, Mr. Hamilton sent two young methamphetamine addicts to the Atlanta area to purchase over two pounds of crystal methamphetamine for him. That evening as a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation several Macon County Sheriff’s officers including Lieutenant Charles Moody, Detective Matthew Breedlove, First Sergeant Clay Bryson, Detective David Blanton and Deputy Josh Stewart, intercepted a vehicle in Macon County that contained over two pounds of crystal methamphetamine that was being delivered to Mr. Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was eventually arrested hiding under a bed after law enforcement searched for him for approximately two months. Mr. Hamilton was found guilty of all charges.
“This conviction keeps a dangerous methamphetamine dealer off the streets for essentially the rest of his life and sends a strong message to the community that the District Attorney’s Office places the highest priority on protecting our community from the plague and poison that is methamphetamine. I commend all of the dedicated professionals in law enforcement who partner with the District Attorney’s Office to make our communities a safer place to live. I commend the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for a job well done. Methamphetamine ruins lives and Brodie Hamilton is responsible for ruining countless lives in our community. This sentence ensures that he will not be able to distribute this poison into our community again,” said District Attorney Ashley Welch.
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