By Matt Sharpe - Upson Beacon
A Thomaston man will spend the next four decades behind bars after being sentenced in Upson County Superior Court last week by Griffin Judicial Circuit Judge Fletcher Sams.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Rogers told the Beacon, Reginald Lewis Blackmon, 45, was arrested in November 2015 and charged with trafficking methamphetamines and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute following the search of a house on West Walker Street in Thomaston by agents with the Narcotics Task Force.
Blackmon was arrested after agents found a red Budweiser bag in a vehicle parked in the yard. The bag contained over 50 grams of methamphetamine and 60 grams of marijuana. The meth had a street value of $5,000 while the marijuana could bring in $500.
Blackmom was sentenced to 30 years for trafficking, 10 years for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was given a $200,000 fine by Judge Sams.
Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker credited the Upson office for their hard work and added his Thomaston office did a “phenomenal job” with the March term in Upson County Superior Court.
“Several of these cases were very severe in nature,” said Coker. “We had 41 cases on the court calendar this term and 39 cases were closed without having to go to trail,” said Coker. “As for the other two cases, one defendant took a plea deal after the state called its first witness, and in the second trial, the defendant was brought to justice for a crime he committed over 14 years ago. He received a 20 years in prison sentence.”