14 year sentence handed down to Valdosta man in federal drug case

Lowndes Federal Court sentencing

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta man is facing years in prison for drug charges.

This week, a federal judge handed down the sentences for him and another man following a 2017 traffic stop.

One of the men is facing more than 14 years in federal prison, while the other is facing two years of probation.

Federal judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Claude Hill of Tifton to 14 and a half years in prison and three years of supervised release for a guilty plea of possession with intent to distribute meth.

Christopher Fiveash is facing two years probation for a guilty plea to simple possession of meth.

This comes after a November 2017 traffic stop in Lanier County where prosecutors said Hill was driving and Fiveash was the passenger.

According to law enforcement, Hill ran the traffic stop but was found a month later.

The second time, they said Hill tried to run again.

“Mr. Hill ran from officers twice and even shoved an innocent bystander in his attempt to evade deputies. This case is a prime example of the dangers our law enforcement are exposed to in their daily lives protecting us," said U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler.

Peeler went on to thank the deputies of Lanier and Lowndes counties for their service.

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