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Man gets 3 years in heroin case
Nigel Alan Waddell
Nigel Alan Waddell

A Cornelia man was sentenced to three years in prison on heroin-related charges after a plea deal was reached, according to court documents.

Nigel Alan Waddell pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment followed by another three years of supervised release.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office charged Waddell and others with trafficking heroin as the “result of an 18-month investigation in response to several heroin-related overdose incidents in Habersham, White and Banks counties.”

All other charges for Waddell were dismissed, according to court documents.

Attorney Samuel Fenn Little Jr. said Waddell took responsibility for his role.

“He’s getting some help now, which he was grateful for that,” Little said.

As part of his supervised release, Waddell must participate in a drug/alcohol treatment program.

He and his co-defendants were accused in the indictment of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.

The other three cases are still pending.

The drug enforcement office said at the time of the arrests that the group was allegedly responsible “for trafficking pounds of heroin valued at nearly $100,000 in and around the Habersham County area.”

Two people were revived with naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, in White and Habersham counties.

“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.

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