Drug Enforcement Administration


Robert J. Murphy, Jr., Special Agent in Charge

January 13, 2017

Contact: Chuvalo Truesdell

Phone Number: (404) 893-7124

Georgia Resident Sentenced To Life In Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - On Jan. 12, 2017, James Hedelsky, 59, of Bartow County, Ga, was sentenced to serve life in prison by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, U.S. District Judge.  Following a September 2016 jury trial, Hedelsky was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of (actual) in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The life sentence given to Hedelsky was based on his prior criminal history which, according to information on file with the U.S. District Court, included several felony drug convictions, as well as manslaughter, assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  The sentence also included an enhancement for possessing a firearm during relevant conduct related to the methamphetamine distribution offenses.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Hedelsky were the result of an investigation conducted by the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Porter represented the United States.

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.

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