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Sentence includes $300,000 in fines, fees

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Two North Carolina men pled guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine and both were fined $200,000 each and sentenced to hefty prison sentences after pleading guilty to multiple charges in Morgan County Superior Court last week.

According to court documents, Patrick Carlton Harrington, 39, Jackson Springs, was sentenced to 30 years with 18 years to serve in prison and the remainder to be served on probation. Harrington’s co-defendent, Gerald Allen Smith, 56, Ellerbe, N.C. was sentenced to 30 years with 10 years to serve in prison and the remainder to be served on probation. Both men were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and both were fined $200,000.

According to court documents, Harrington and Smith were both arrested on June 3, 2017 by deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office after they had fled a single car incident on Interstate 20 that had disabled the Cadillace Deville Harrington was driving.

Reports state that both men fled the interstate and were found and arrested hiding near a Davis Academy Road horse farm. Consequent to their arrest, reports state, deputies located 76 grams of suspected methamphetamine, which field tested positive. Warrants allege that Harrington and Smith purchased the methamphetamine in Douglasville, Ga. and were transporting it back to Jackson Springs, N.C. at the time of the car crash.

Harrington also pled guilty to one count possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count obstruction of an officer and two counts possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition to the $200,000 fine, he was also ordered to pay an additional $100,000 in court ordered fees.

Smith also pled guilty to one count possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. In addition to the $200,000 fine, he was also ordered to pay an additional $100,000 in court ordered fees.

Both men entered their pleas before the Hon. Judge Alison Burleson, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

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