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Desai Sentenced for Distribution of “Ice” and Possession of Multiple Firearms

JUL 28 (COLUMBUS, Ga.) - Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Nimesh Vijay Desai, age 33, of Columbus, Georgia was sentenced today by the Honorable Clay D. Land, Chief United States District Judge in Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Desai was sentenced to serve 130 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
On April 13, 2015, Mr. Desai pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He made several sales of methamphetamine, also known as “ice.”, to an undercover agent.  A search warrant of Mr. Desai’s residence in June 2012 revealed 15 weapons of various makes and models. He attempted to flee but was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service in East Point, Georgia. At that time, he was in possession of methamphetamine and a Colt .45 caliber handgun. Mr. Desai in total is responsible for 26.2 grams of “ice” which he intended to distribute.

“I commend the cooperation of the federal and local authorities in bringing this investigation.  Their collaborative efforts took at least one drug dealer and his guns off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde prosecuted the case for the government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pam Lightsey at the United States Attorney’s Office at 478-752-3511.

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