A Florida man arrested after a traffic stop along Interstate 75 in Butts County earlier this year has pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to move over 6 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine across state lines.
Daniel Carachure, 31, of Brandenton, Fla., entered a guilty plea June 24 to one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He faces up to to 20 years in prison, a possible $1 million fine and up to three years of supervised release, prosecutors said.
Carachure was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a Butts County deputy Jan. 14. The deputy smelled marijuana and during a search of the vehicle found a shopping bag containing three bundles of what lab tests later confirmed was 2,980 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler said.
Peeler said Carachure admitted the methamphetamine was his, and he was taking it from Atlanta to Florida where he had a buyer waiting.
“The defendant was caught moving a large quantity of methamphetamine for his profit, at the ruin of many others who are hooked on this drug, and will now have to pay the price for his crime,” Peeler said. “Getting illegal, deadly drugs out of our communities is a constant battle for the law enforcement community. I want to thank the Butts County Sheriff’s Office for their work protecting our citizens.”