Dalton Meth Dealer Sentenced To Prison

McGuire Fought Police Officers When Being Arrested And Later Tried To Escape From Hospital

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Dalton man who sold a pound of methamphetamine to a police cooperator, Jeffrey McGuire, 40, of Dalton, Ga., was sentenced Thursday to 11 years, six months by United States District Judge Harold L. Murphy for selling a pound of methamphetamine to a man cooperating with the police investigation.

“Methamphetamine has had a devastating impact on communities in North Georgia,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This defendant was caught trying to sell a pound of very pure methamphetamine. Today’s prison sentence will prevent this meth dealer from further contributing to the deterioration of our community.”

McGuire was sentenced to 11 years, six months, to be followed by four years of supervised release. McGuire was convicted on Oct. 18, 2012, upon his plea of guilty.

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court, in January 2012, McGuire agreed to sell one pound of methamphetamine to a man for $17,000. Unbeknownst to McGuire, his customer was cooperating with the police investigation and was working at the direction of the police. The police recorded phone calls between McGuire and the cooperator as they made arrangements for the drug deal. During one of those calls, the cooperator told McGuire that he would keep the money for the drugs in the trunk of his car. McGuire responded, “There better not be a Mexican in the trunk or I’ll have to shoot him.”

Eventually, McGuire and the cooperator agreed to meet at a Kangaroo gas station in Dalton. The police observed McGuire arrive in a BMW SUV. The cooperator arrived a few minutes later and parked next to McGuire’s SUV. McGuire got into the passenger seat of the cooperator’s car and showed him the drugs. The cooperator then gave a prearranged signal to the police that McGuire had the methamphetamine. The police moved in to arrest McGuire and pulled him out of the cooperator’s car. However, McGuire vigorously resisted arrest. It took the police several minutes to subdue and restrain him. The police recovered a pound of methamphetamine that was 90 percent pure. They also found a loaded .25 caliber pistol in the SUV.

Due to injuries that McGuire received while resisting arrest, he was taken to the hospital. A Whitfield County deputy sheriff was present to guard him. Despite the deputy sheriff’s presence, McGuire tried to escape. He ran down the hospital hallway and twice struck a nurse. Even after the deputy sheriff used a Taser on McGuire, he continued to struggle and tried to grab the deputy sheriff’s firearm. The deputy sheriff was ultimately able to use sufficient force to subdue McGuire.

This case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force, and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorneys Nekia S. Hackworth and Paul R. Jones prosecuted the case.

For further information, contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Information Office at USAGAN.Pressemails@usdoj.gov or 404 581-6016. The internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.



Get Emailed Headlines From Chattanoogan.com; Like Us On Facebook, Twitter For Instant News

We send out headlines each day of the latest Chattanooga news.  Our news headlines have links that take you to the stories with a click. We also send out special emails if there is a highly significant local news story breaking so you will be aware of it quickly. To be added to the email headline list, just email us at news@chattanoogan.com In addition, like us ... (click for more)

Pena Convicted Of Aggravated Child Molestation In Murray County; Facing Life Sentence

 Diego Martin Pena (39) of  193 Bells Ferry Road, White, Ga.,  has been convicted by a Murray County Jury of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and statutory rape for offenses against a single victim.    Pena was convicted  on Friday  afternoon of the offenses before Superior Court Chief Judge William T. Boyett.  ... (click for more)

Vote No On The Rezoning For A New Landfill In Harrison - And Response (3)

County Commissioners, please consider the following facts when voting on the rezoning request for a new privately-owned C&D landfill in Harrison.  Use of this property for a landfill has been rejected by the county three times in the past (1971, 1984 and 2007).  In 1971 and 2007 the County Commissioners unanimously rejected the proposal.  In 1984 the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT A 34-Point ‘Dog

I can’t remember a time in my life when a University of Tennessee football team has been a five touchdown underdog and this comes at a time when my primary-care physician tells me, “Let’s face it … you are old.” That said, even when I look at myself naked in the bathroom mirror I ain’t as ugly as what I fear will happen in Tuscaloosa this coming Saturday. I can remember the Tide ... (click for more)

East Hamilton Beats Sullivan South 3-0 In Class AA State VolleyBall

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – East Hamilton, a relative green horn when it comes to performing on volleyball’s biggest stage, saved its best effort of the season for Tuesday’s opening match of the 2017 TSSAA state tournament against Sullivan South. Facing the defending and five-time champions, the Lady Hurricanes raced past the Lady Rebels out of Kingsport 3-0 and advanced to the second ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats Father Ryan Again To Advance At State

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The third time was not the charm for Father Ryan here at MTSU’s Murphy Center Tuesday afternoon. Facing the Baylor Lady Red Raiders in the opening round of the TSSAA D-II Class AA state volleyball tournament, the defending state runner-up Baylor squad defeated their Nashville rivals in three straight sets, winning by scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-23. ... (click for more)