An alleged drug trafficker took full responsibility for the drugs and a firearm found in his possession in his guilty plea entered in Jones County Superior Court.
Luis Enrique Sandavol plead guilty to trafficking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony Aug. 2 and received a sentence of 30 years with 13 years to serve.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin told the court that Sandavol sent two letters to her office taking full responsibility for the drugs, and he said he purchased the firearm. The letters were intended to exonerate his codefendant, Edwin Ismael Sanchez Flores.
Baskin said, due to Sandavol’s assertions, the charges against Flores would be dismissed.
According to the story in The Jones County News, the arrests were the result of a joint operation of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, the Gray Police Department, the U.S. Marshal Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.
Information about the arrests from Sheriff Butch Reece stated Flores, 26, and Sandoval, 21, were arrested at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 2017. Both men were charged with trafficking and possession of a firearm.
The arrests took place as a result of a twomonth investigation of drug trafficking in Middle Georgia. Reece said the suspects were found to be in possession of five ounces of methamphetamine, a Smith and Wesson .45 pistol and $1,750 in US currency.
One ounce of meth equals 28.35 grams, and 28 grams is the amount required for a trafficking charge.
At the time of his Jones County arrest, Sandoval was on probation in Barrow County for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, which led to an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.