By Michael Davis
A Jackson woman found guilty last week on drug charges was sentenced to 30 years in prison, authorities said.
Theresa Cravey, 38, was convicted of sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and driving while her license was suspended, according to prosecutors. Butts County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson sentenced her, on Nov. 16, to serve 30 years in prison after the guilty verdict.
Authorities said Cravey was arrested Feb. 20, after Butts County narcotics investigators received a tip that she was selling drugs and had a large volume of traffic to her home, on Chickasaw Lane.
Prosecutors said she asked a confidential informant to meet her at the Chevron gas station at Halls Bridge Road and Ga. Highway 36, and sold the informant several grams of methamphetamine for $225.
After the sale, she was arrested at the Chevron.
Prosecutors said Cravey has a lengthy arrest record, and prior felony convictions.
"In his closing argument, Assistant District Attorney [James] Moss reminded the jury of a line in 'Hello, Butts County' recently which said, 'I wish someone would do something about the drug problem,' and reminded the jury that they were in a position to do something," said Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Milam.
"In this case, law enforcement caught and charged a drug dealer. My office prosecuted the drug dealer, the jury found the drug dealer guilty, and Judge Wilson put the drug dealer away for a long time. The thirty-year sentence sends a clear message that dealing methamphetamine in Butts County will land you in prison."
Cravey was defended by the Towaliga Circuit Public Defender's Office.
"She does have some post-conviction options that we'll discuss with her and go from there," Public Defender Wanda Johnson said.