Drug Enforcement Administration

Atlanta

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

May 17, 2018

Contact: Chuvalo Truesdell

Phone Number: (404) 893-7000

Quitman Drug Dealer Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Federal Prison

ATLANTA - Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that on March 15, 2018, Senior United States District Comi Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Burt Denson, age 41, of Quitman, GA, to 185 months imprisonment for two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Mr. Denson pleaded guilty to the offense on October 30, 2017.

In January 2016, Brooks County Sheriffs Office deputies received information that cocaine was being sold from Mr. Denson's residence. The information was consistent with prior reports of drug activity at the residence. A search warrant was obtained and executed on January 17, 2016. Brooks County drug investigators seized several bags of cocaine and other items consistent with drug distribution including kilogram-sized packaging, a large number of zip-lock baggies and electronic scales containing cocaine residue. A second search warrant was executed at Mr. Denson's residence on December 1, 2016. Again, the investigators seized cocaine, as well as other controlled substances, and similar items consistent with drug distribution.

Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division, stated, “This sentencing sends a strong message that DEA, along with its local, state and federal law enforcement partners will continue to work tirelessly to stop illegal drugs operations, all in an effort to eradicate dangerous drugs from our communities.”

"Most of the time when we speak of "repeat drug offenders" we are talking about defendants with prior convictions, but in Mr. Denson's case we are talking about someone dealing drugs so regularly that he got caught a second time before he could be prosecuted for the first time," said United States Attorney Peeler. "Mr. Denson richly deserves the sentence imposed on him today, as incarceration is obviously the only thing that will stop him from selling illegal drugs."

This case was investigated by the Brooks County Sheriffs Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Robe1i D. McCullers prosecuted the case on behalf of 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. Also follow DEA Atlanta via Twitter at @DEAATLANTADiv

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