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Federal judge in Athens sentences SC man found with meth after traffic stop
WAYNE FORD  | Athens Banner-Herald
A South Carolina man pulled over in Greene County for not wearing a seat belt and found to be hauling illegal drugs was sentenced recently in U.S. District Court in Athens.
Jack Shuttleworth, 55, of North Augusta, S.C., was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in a federal penitentiary after he pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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Shuttleworth was stopped Sept. 10, 2020, and found to be driving with a suspended license, prosecutors said. A K-9 alerted the deputy to possible drugs and a search of the vehicle discovered 1,003 grams of 95 percent pure methamphetamine, according to the report.
Another passenger in the truck, Shyanne Harden, 25, of North Augusta pleaded guilty in July to the same charge and was sentenced to four years and seven months in prison.
“Methamphetamine is not only toxic, but it destroys families, communities and lives,” Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division Robert J. Murphy said in a statement after the sentencing.
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