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Man faces methamphetamine trafficking charge

POSTED: March 22, 2013 12:11 a.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and use of a communications device to facilitate a drug transaction on Wednesday, according to local authorities.

Matthew Taylor Campbell, 27, was arrested on Friendship Road in Hall County.

Agents from the Gainesville police and Hall County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Narcotics squad seized more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine during the course of an undercover investigation.

Narcotics agents estimate the methamphetamine carried a street value of at least $4,600, MANS Lt. Scott Ware said.

Campbell was arrested without incident and booked at the Hall County Jail, Ware said.

Campbell had his first appearance in Magistrate Court on Thursday afternoon before Judge Margaret Gregory.

His committal hearing has been set for April 18, when a judge will decide if the charges are dismissed, reduced or proceed to Superior Court.

Because of the nature of the charges, Campbell is being held without bond, which can only be set by a Superior Court judge.

Campbell has faced felony drug charges in the past.

In 2007, he was charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He was also charged with multiple DUIs in 2011, criminal trespass in 2005, multiple probation violations and several other traffic offenses, including speeding, failure to maintain lane and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Campbell has not requested indigent defense, court records show.


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