Several people characterized as major drug players in the Southeast were among 18 arrested in a 2015 drug bust were recently sentenced to a combined total of 83 years in prison.
Of the 28 people, 18 of those were recently adjudicated and sentenced. They will also be fined a combined total of nearly $2 million.
According to drug task force spokesman and Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome:
The bust was a result of an investigation spanning several months and cooperative, hand-in-hand local and state law enforcement work.
“This meth distribution hub, centered in Polk County, served as a net-work that supplied drugs to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. This hub produced multiple pounds of illegal drugs and filtered $90,000 worth of transactions per week,” Newsome said.
The most notable sentences and fines resulting from the bust included those of Michael Hackney, sentenced to 30 years to serve 10; Ulises Borja, sentenced to 39 years to serve 30 and fined $1.4 million; Alejandro Pineda, sentenced to 30 years to serve 10 and deportation after sentence served; Jada Howard, sentenced to 30 years to serve 10 and fined $200,000 and Christian McMordie, sentenced to 30 years to serve 15 and fined $200,000.
District Attorney Jack Browning said that the successful prosecution of the case was the direct result of the teamwork between the Polk County Drug Task Force and his office.
The bust in 2015 also resulted in the seizure of two properties, multiple firearms, five vehicles and $13,000. The property and money seized as a result of the bust has since been used as funding for the drug task force.