Tifton woman sentenced for meth distribution

Tifton woman sentenced for meth distribution

MACON, GA (WALB) - A Tifton woman was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, according to Charles Peeler, United States attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Anna Maria Lopez-Vazquez, 32, of Tifton, was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after pleading guilty on Feb. 13, a release from Peeler’s office said.

Peeler said Lopez-Vazquez signed a plea agreement in May 2017 after she was arrested during a traffic stop.

The release stated that Lopez-Vazquez was driving an SUV southbound on I-75 in Peach County when a Peach County deputy pulled her over for an obscured license plate and failing to maintain lane. During the traffic stop, the deputy noticed a “strong odor of marijuana,” and searched the vehicle, according to the release.

During the search, 2,942 grams of methamphetamine and 999 grams of cocaine were found in three containers, sealed with plastic wrap, hidden inside a sports bag, the release said.

“Routine traffic stops are valuable. In this case, we were able to get 3 kilos of meth and 1 kilo of cocaine out of our communities. Ms. Lopez-Vasquez is from a small town in South Georgia, and taking that much dope off the streets will have a big impact on the drug problem in that town. Our deputies are trained to properly and legally identify certain conditions in a traffic stop that might alert them to illegal activities. In this case, our deputies found a massive amount of deadly poison that will no longer be peddled to our children.”
Sheriff Terry Deese, Peach County Sheriff s Office

The press release said Lopez-Vazquez was arrested and admitted the drugs belonged to her in a post-arrest interview.

“Methamphetamine is killing more and more Georgians,” said Peeler. “It is imperative that we get this poison off our streets. Our office will continue to work with federal, state and local law enforcement to identify, arrest and prosecute those who choose to sell illegal drugs in our communities. Make no mistake: if you choose to sell methamphetamine, you will go to federal prison for a long time. I applaud the good work of the Peach County Sheriff’s Office in this matter.”

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