Woman Who Helped Set Up Polk County Drug Ring Gets 11 Years, 3 Months in Federal Prison

Monday, June 16, 2014

A woman agents say helped set up a Polk County drug ring was sentenced on Monday to serve 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Sarah McElhannon appeared before Federal Judge Sandy Mattice.

She initially was facing a sentencing range of 157-188 months.  However, she got a reduction based on expected sentence cuts under the Fair Sentence Act. She also got a reduction when Judge Mattice said the government had not proven that she knew that guns were involved in the drug activity.

Attorney Graham Swafford said Ms. McElhannon never carried a gun or saw anyone else involved in the conspiracy with a gun during drug-buying trips to Atlanta.

He did acknowledge that she connected Robin and Corey Welch with a drug supplier at a trailer park outside Atlanta.

Ms. McElhannon would get a share of the meth for her personal use, it was stated.

Attorney Swafford said he did not like some of his clients, but he called the 44-year-old Ms. McElhannon  "a sweet little girl.".

Prosecutor Terra Bay said Ms. McElhannon had 16 prior convictions, including two drug felony counts.


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