VALDOSTA, Georgia – A man in southwest Georgia, collared by a dog who found a bag full of narcotics, will spend 75 months in federal prison.
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Timothy Bernard Reese, 44, of Meigs, is also due to serve three years on probation after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a press release from the Georgia Central District Attorney’s Office.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“The unusual facts in this case do not lessen the serious consequences that repeat offenders face when caught in the act of trafficking methamphetamine in the Central District of Georgia,” Acting US Attorney Peter D. Leary said in a statement. “Our office, together with our law enforcement partners, will work to bring to justice those who repeatedly break the law and endanger citizens through their criminal acts.”
According to the press release, a resident of Ochlocknee, Georgia called authorities on December 13, 2019 regarding a suspicious brown satchel found by his dog. The dog had come home with the satchel, and when the resident opened it, he found what appeared to be large amounts of illegal narcotics.
The dog typically roams the area and brings its owner unwanted and smelly waste, Louis Schofill, Thomas County vice-commander of narcotics, told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in December 2019.
The contents turned out to be methamphetamine, and there were 154.78 grams inside the bag, according to the press release.
About 13 lottery tickets were also found inside the satchel, according to the Times-Enterprise.
Authorities in Thomasville and Thomas County used the lottery tickets to determine where and when they were purchased and observed Reese buying them, federal prosecutors said.
On December 17, 2019, a woman filed a report with the Cairo Police Department, alleging that four days earlier, Reese had come to her room at the Grady Lodge in Cairo, located in neighboring Grady County, and had him punched in the face, demanding to know the whereabouts of her narcotics, WSB-TV reported.
The woman suffered a fractured orbit, the TV station reported.
Reese was arrested on December 19, 2019, according to the press release. Reese later admitted to authorities that the satchel belonged to him and that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine.
“Reese admitted to putting the bag in there,” Schofill told The Times-Enterprise. “We’ll take all the help we can get from the community, even a dog. “
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