Two found guilty in Cumberland hotel drug bust
by MDJ staff
April 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 2868 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A man and a woman were convicted Friday on drug charges stemming from an incident last May at a Cumberland-area hotel.

Ralph Timothy Wages, 46, of Douglasville was found guilty of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of oxycodone, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, theft by receiving and giving false information to an officer.

Alicia Barrett, 31, of Villa Rica was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine.

Police responded to a call at the La Quinta Inn on Paces Ferry Road on May 24, 2013, about a smell coming from a room.

They first encountered Barrett at the door and later Wages. The room had been rented in the name of someone else.

A search of the room uncovered a “large quantity of methamphetamine, oxycodone, indications of drug sales and a loaded firearm,” according to the warrant.

After the jury returned its verdict, Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Schwartz presented evidence of Wages’ three prior felony convictions as she argued in favor of a lengthy prison sentence.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole then sentenced Wages under the recidivist statute to 30 years in prison.

Barrett was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $500, and she was ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and any recommended treatment.

Wages was represented by attorney Ken Croy of Marietta. Attorney Lee Fudger, also of Marietta, represented Barrett.

The trial began March 24.

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