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2 enter guilty pleas in drug probe

August 6, 2017

Two of the defendants in a case that involved the smuggling drugs into the Floyd County Jail entered guilty pleas Friday in front of Floyd Superior Court Judge John Niedrach.

Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson said Jason Ray Collins, 41, of 1099 Abrams Road, Silver Creek, entered a plea to trafficking meth­amphetamine and was sentenced to 11 years in prison, 10 to serve. He was also ordered to pay a $200,000 fine.

Jeffrey Alan Hughes, 51, of 392 Arrowhead Drive, Dalton, pled guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years, one to serve.

Five other defendants have yet to come to come to court in the case including Perry Otis Stillwell, 57, of 178 Reeceburg Road, Silver Creek; Bradford Wayne Hall, 47, 405 of N. Elm St.; Robert Wayne King, 59, of 785 County Road 92, Cedar Bluff, Alabama; Michael Wayne Huskins, 42, of 1399 Booze Mountain Road, Lindale and James Eric Mackey, 44 of 119 Lawson St., Reidsville.

Back in early February, jail personnel were tipped by Floyd County Police, who had overheard a jail phone conversation about inmates having access to meth­amphetamines. Jail staff quickly put together an investigation with the assistance of Metro Task Force officers and the sheriff’s office K-9 team, which resulted in the recovery of five bags of meth from inmates.

All seven of the defendants were indicted on various violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.