A Rome man had been out of prison for 58 days before law enforcement was investigating him again for drug offenses.
Barry Shedd, 46, pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Thursday, July 12.
Shedd was previously sentenced Oct. 2, 2012, in Hall County for trafficking and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute among other charges involving alprazolam, hydrocodone and phentermine.
He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin to 30 years, with 15 of those years in confinement.
Alprazolam, hydrocodone and phentermine are commonly seen as Xanax, Vicodin and Adipex-p, respectively.
Shedd had prior convictions in 2005 from Floyd County for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Shedd crashed his car in August 2017 in Floyd County. He was reportedly seen entering the woods at the crash site.
Law enforcement searched the woods and found roughly 250 grams of methamphetamine, 110 pills, digital scales, hypodermic needles, $3,253 in cash and Shedd’s prison ID.
“Shedd had only just been released from prison 58 days earlier for a prior drug offense. Because of his repeated convictions for trafficking in methamphetamine, the court designated Shedd a career offender,” according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
The court also made the recommendation to the Bureau of Prisons that Shedd be allowed to participate in a 500-hour intensive drug and alcohol treatment program.
“On the date Shedd was arrested he was cooperative and if not for the vehicle accident would surely still be what I consider a menace to society. It is apparent that the incarceration period and release just prior to this arrest did not have the desired effect of guiding Shedd toward rehabilitation,” said Floyd County Police Department Maj. Carl Lively in a news release.
“Shedd is well known to many officers in our department due to his past drug involvement history. During the past years when he has not been incarcerated he has mostly been a resident in our county. The damages that he has caused to his family and our community through his decisions over the years will never be known.”