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Demorest woman given more than 7 years in federal prison in heroin overdose case
Michelle Dawn Dorsey

A Demorest woman was given more than seven years in federal prison in a case in which the prosecutors alleged two heroin users overdosed from the drugs obtained from the defendant, according to authorities.

Michelle Dawn Dorsey was sentenced Nov. 5 to 88 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in August 2017 alleged Dorsey and others sold heroin in White and Habersham counties.

“Two heroin users allegedly overdosed on heroin they obtained from Dorsey, but they were revived after being administered Naloxone by emergency medical personnel in White County in one instance and Habersham County in the other … Both overdose victims likely would have died, but for the life saving measures taken by medical professionals,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

All of the other counts in the indictment were dismissed after the guilty plea. 

Defense attorney Barry Lombardo did not return a request for comment Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed searches in May 2017 following an 18-month investigation.

“The investigation revealed that the group is responsible for trafficking pounds of heroin valued at nearly $100,000 in and around the Habersham County area,” according to the drug enforcement office’s news release.

Dorsey will receive credit for time served since May 2, 2017, and is permitted to participate in the intensive drug treatment program.

Upon release, she will be on supervised release for five years.

Tyler Josiah Matthews, of Cleveland, was previously sentenced in August to time served after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Nigel Alan Waddell, of Cornelia, was sentenced in February 2018 to three years in prison after pleading to possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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