April 20, 2016
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Macon Attorney Pleads Guilty
ATLANTA - G.F. Peterman, III, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Holly Hogue Edwards, age 36, an attorney from Macon, Georgia, today entered a guilty plea to distribution of oxycodone and methamphetamine before the Honorable Marc T. Treadwell, United States District Judge, in Macon.
Ms. Edwards faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 6, 2016 at 9:00 am in Macon.
In pleading guilty, Ms. Edwards admitted that on June 4, 2015, after being introduced to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation undercover agent through a confidential informant, she made arrangements to sell the undercover agent 10 tablets of oxycodone and an “eight ball” (three and a half grams) of methamphetamine. Ms. Edwards met the undercover agent in the parking lot of fast food restaurant and provided the undercover agent with a sample of methamphetamine to try, explaining it was from a different source of supply from the source she typically uses. The agent then provided Ms. Edwards with $500 of official funds for the “eight ball” of methamphetamine and the 10 oxycodone tablets. Ms. Edwards left to meet with her source of supply. Agents observed Ms. Edwards travel to a nearby gas station and meet with her source of supply. Ms. Edwards then returned and handed the undercover agent the 10 oxycodone tablets, stating that she did not get the “eight ball” of methamphetamine but would get it to him later in the day.
Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented, “Ms. Edwards distributed oxycodone and methamphetamine, both of which could be deadly when used and/or abused. Because of spirited law enforcement cooperation in this case, she will now spend time in prison for her criminal actions, proving that no one is above the law.”
United States Attorney Peterman said “So often we see people become involved in the drug trade because of lack of education, skills or opportunity to support themselves otherwise. This was obviously not the situation here and it is all the more sad because of that.”
Vernon Keenan, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said, “Drug investigations like this one require a collaborative effort. This case highlights the excellent job done by law enforcement and prosecutors on all levels. The GBI remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Attorney’s Office.”
This case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Beth Howard is handling the prosecution for the Government.
The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.