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Man’s role in million-dollar drug ring earns him 13-year prison sentence
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Sidney O. Smith Federal Building & United States Courthouse - photo by Erin Smith

A Winder man targeted in a 2016 Georgia Bureau of Investigation takedown operation was sentenced Feb. 12 in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville to more than 13 years in federal prison, according to court documents.

Horace Mayfield, 33, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine.

He was sentenced to 13 years and six months in a federal prison.

In February 2016, the GBI and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office arrested 24 people considered “members and suppliers of Horace Mayfield’s drug trafficking organization” in Atlanta and into South Carolina.

“Over the course of this investigation, the Mayfield drug trafficking organization can be attributed to 72 kilograms of cocaine, 15 kilograms of methamphetamine and 50 pounds of marijuana with a total street value of $9.5 million,” wrote GBI Special Agent in Charge Mitchell Posey in a news release regarding the 10-month investigation.

The next month, a federal grand jury indicted Mayfield and others in two separate cases.

For taking the plea deal, all other charges against Mayfield were dismissed.

Following a release from prison, he will have five years of supervised release.

The GBI said Mayfield’s drug trafficking organization had “been operating in Stephens County and surrounding communities for many years.”

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