Byron man gets 10 years prison for meth bust

Charles Lee Harvey Jr./Peach Co. Sheriff's Office

MACON, Ga. -- A 45-year-old Byron man was sentenced to 10 years prison Wednesday for a meth bust in July 2016.

Charlie Lee Harvey, Jr., age 45, of Byron, Georgia was sentenced to serve 120 months in federal prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

According to a release, in his plea agreement, Harvey admitted to being a passenger in a truck that was stopped for a window tint violation on July 15,2016. A drug detection dog alerted on the truck, and a search revealed a gallon-size Ziploc bag containing suspected methamphetamine in the center console.

Harvey told the police that the driver knew nothing about the drugs. A subsequent search of Harvey's residence revealed 52,700, two sets of digital scales, two boxes of plastic heat seal food bags, and one vacuum food sealer.

Lab test results from the DEA confirmed the drugs were 986.2 grams of d-methamphetamine hydrochloride ("lce") with an 89%o purity.

Harvey waived his Miranda rights and confessed to possessing the methamphetamine and intending to sell it. Harvey has previous felony convictions for Sale of Cocaine, Trafficking in Cocaine, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Trafficking in Cocaine.

"Methamphetamine is pure poison in our community," said U.S. Attorney Charles E. Peeler. "l commend the DEA, the Georgia State Patrol, the Peach County Sheriff s Office, the Byron Police Department, and the Fort Valley Police Department for their investigation and efforts to bring Mr. Harvey to justice and to get this poison off our streets."

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