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Valdosta man sentenced as career offender on meth charges

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Peter D. Leary Special Photo

VALDOSTA – A Valdosta resident with a lengthy criminal drug distribution history was sentenced as a federal career offender after admitting to distributing methamphetamine from a motel room in south Georgia.

Thomas Charles Singletary, 45, was sentenced to serve 130 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson after Singletary previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. There is no parole in the federal system.

“Armed convicted felons distributing highly dangerous drugs in the Middle District of Georgia will face the possibility of federal prosecution for repeatedly breaking the law and putting our citizens at risk,” U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary said. “We are collaborating with our law enforcement partners at every level to make our communities safer.”

According to court documents, a confidential source tipped off Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office investigators about illegal drugs being sold from a motel room in Lake Park. On Feb. 4, 2021, LCSO investigators found Singletary, a known convicted felon, in the room with a handgun and drug paraphernalia visible. Singletary admitted the firearm — a .380 caliber, semi-automatic pistol — was his for protection. It is illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm. A search of the room recovered the firearm, multiple ammunition rounds and a bag of methamphetamine. Text messages found on the cellphone of an individual with Singletary revealed evidence that they were involved in distributing methamphetamine in Adel.

Singletary has at least six felony convictions in the Superior Courts of Tift, Berrien and Lowndes counties, including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McCullers is prosecuting the case for the government.

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