Georgia News Roundup
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2 Californians get prison in Texas pot plane case

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A pilot and passenger from California must serve more than three years in prison for smuggling drugs in a rented plane that landed in Texas to refuel.

A federal judge in Lubbock on Friday sentenced Michael Gallanter and Ethan Oliver Wynne-Wade. The San Francisco men in June pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Both must surrender in October to begin serving 37-month terms.

Officers in April confiscated more than 150 pounds of marijuana on a plane that stopped in Lubbock while bound for Atlanta. The plane earlier refueled in Page, Ariz.

Investigators say the men departed in bad weather, refueled the Piper themselves and paid cash. Authorities also learned some renters at Travis Air Force Base Aero Club in Rio Vista, Calif., broke flight rules and procedures.

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Feds say Georgia sheriff's deputy sold marijuana

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Georgia sheriff's deputy they say sold marijuana to an undercover law enforcement agent.

An FBI agent's sworn statement filed in federal court in Atlanta this week says Newton County sheriff's Deputy Darrell Mathis sold marijuana to an FBI confidential source and to an undercover agent.

The FBI statement says the source had been in Mathis' apartment on a social visit in April and saw several large bags of marijuana. On another occasion, Mathis arrived at a meeting in his patrol car and wearing his uniform and his gun as he sold the source marijuana.

The FBI statement also says Mathis sold marijuana to an undercover agent on several occasions.

It wasn't immediately clear Friday if Mathis had a lawyer.

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Atlanta men accused of demanding protection money

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused five Atlanta men of demanding protection money from Korean businesses in Gwinnett County.

Authorities said 39-year-old Eugene Thomas "Yoo Jin" Chung was the gang's ringleader. WXIA-TV reports that Chung and four other men have been charged with extortion, drug trafficking and firearm possession.

Prosecutors accuse Chung and his defendants of threatening the owner of a Korean restaurant by demanding payments of $400 to $800. Chung was accused of threatening to harm people and vandalize the restaurant if they were not paid.

Authorities said a victim arranged a meeting between gang leaders and an undercover FBI agent. Authorities said Chung told the undercover agent that he could offer gambling, extortion, debt collection and marijuana distribution.

It was unclear whether the defendants had lawyers.

Information from: WXIA-TV,

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September 24, 2013
At least the Georgia sheriff caught selling weed was doing a public service. Georgia is a tough place to find weed.

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