Co-Defendants Sentenced for Distributing 10+ Kilos of Meth in Southwest Georgia

Co-Defendants Sentenced for Distributing 10+ Kilos of Meth in Southwest Georgia

ALBANY, Ga. –  Three individuals involved in an illegal drug ring responsible for distributing approximately ten kilograms of methamphetamine in Southwest Georgia were sentenced to prison today for their crimes.

Matthew Bridges, 29, of Albany, was sentenced to serve 293 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after he previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; Terrance Battle, 41, of Albany, was sentenced to serve 240 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after he previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; and Quannesha Gatling, 27, of Albany, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release after she previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. U.S. District Judge Leslie Gardner handed down the sentences.

“The distribution of harmful illegal drugs like methamphetamine is contributing to the addiction and death of many people,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “Our office is working with law enforcement to prevent the most dangerous drugs from hitting the streets and hold dealers accountable for their crimes.”

“Drug trafficking at any level will not be tolerated in the state of Georgia. It is paramount that violators of drug laws be held accountable. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is fully committed to working with our local and federal partners in drug enforcement to address these types of crimes,” said GBI Director Michael Register.

“This case demonstrates for the citizens of Lee County and Southwest Georgia that law enforcement is working together to fight drug networks that are pushing the most addictive illegal substances into our communities. We will not tolerate this activity and we will hold them accountable for their crimes,” said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

According to court documents, GBI agents debriefed a confidential informant (CI) in Aug. 2021 who advised that Bridges was selling illegal drugs in the Albany area. Between Aug. and Oct. 2021, investigators conducted several controlled buys of methamphetamine and heroin from Bridges and co-defendant Battle. On Oct. 30, Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, working with GBI agents, initiated a traffic stop of three vehicles, driven by the co-defendants, who were returning from the Atlanta area. Law enforcement located approximately ten kilograms of methamphetamine and approximately three pounds of marijuana in the vehicle operated by Gatling.

The case was investigated by GBI with assistance from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and DEA. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah McEwen.

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