Blairsville man caught and arrested

Blairsville man caught and arrested

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gamewarden

Dahlonega, GA

#1 Mar 13, 2009
GAINESVILLE - A former fugitive from Blairsville was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for growing over 1,000 marijuana plants on National Forest Land.

Assistant United States Attorney David Chaiken said 45-year-old Andrew N. Cox hired three men to plant and cultivate the drugs on U.S. Forest Service property in north Georgia in 2004.

He said Cox was already a twice-convicted drug trafficker at the time of the trial.

"So the judge, Senior U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley, he really had no discretion... by statute he had to impose a life sentence," said Chaiken.

He said a life sentence to federal prison comes without the possibility of parole.

"The defendant claimed that he was innocent and protested the evidence against him and indicated that he would appeal," said Chaiken.

Authorities said Cox was originally indicted for the offense in 2005, but fled and remained a fugitive until he was captured in Arizona more than three years later.
Good Bye Doper

Dahlonega, GA

#2 Mar 13, 2009
Good job to all those involved.Keep up the good work.Get rid of more of this scum.

Since: Nov 08

Fannin County

#3 Mar 14, 2009
Good Bye Doper wrote:
Good job to all those involved.Keep up the good work.Get rid of more of this scum.
LMAO......funny stuff thanks for the laugh...your a funny lady.
GWB

Blairsville, GA

#4 Mar 14, 2009
I never could understand why marijuana is considered a schedule 1 drug the same as Heroine.
I realize this person caught was a multiple offender and deserves punishment, but life without parole seems extreme. We have murderers, rapists, child molestors that receive a lot less time than that.
Guess there is something else involved we probably don't know about.
huh

Perry, GA

#5 Mar 14, 2009
i just learned about marijuana being a schedule 1 drug.. thats crazy! that means, according to this scale, crack cocaine is safer than pot? riduculous! anyone that has ever smoked marijuana knows that cant be accurate...thats why we are not to trust everything the government says.
Tender Moon

Cleveland, GA

#6 Mar 14, 2009
I think it is classified as that because that way more money can be generated from catching those with it. I have heard that if you are caught with like ONE seed you can be charged with intent to distribute!!! As for anyone who has smoked it, I don't know who could say they haven't unless they wear a gas mask at certain public venues--if you breathe you are inhaling the fumes. In the 70's, it was everywhere--grown in college dorm rooms and in patches all over the county.
Two Cents

Maysville, GA

#7 Mar 14, 2009
GWB wrote:
I never could understand why marijuana is considered a schedule 1 drug the same as Heroine.
I realize this person caught was a multiple offender and deserves punishment, but life without parole seems extreme. We have murderers, rapists, child molestors that receive a lot less time than that.
Guess there is something else involved we probably don't know about.
Yes. Money!!
People in power do not like to see others making money when they do not get a cut of the action.
Or control of the revenue stream. That is why we have laws for the sale of alcohol.
GWB

Blairsville, GA

#8 Mar 14, 2009
Two Cents wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes. Money!!
People in power do not like to see others making money when they do not get a cut of the action.
Or control of the revenue stream. That is why we have laws for the sale of alcohol.
That's kinda what I was implying. I'm sure there is plenty of $$$$ involving plenty of people. Not just the growers, sellers and buyers either. I remember reading about an entire county somewhere that were involved in Pot business. Growers, sellers,buyers, Mayor, ity council, police provided protection and everyone made money from the busines.
With regards to Alcohol though, I think they constently lobby politicians against legalizing pot for fear of it affecting their sales bottom lines. If it were legalized, regulated and taxed by the Gov., there would be plenty of jobs created and one hell of alot of additional tax revenue collected.
Nothing More

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Mar 15, 2009
huh wrote:
i just learned about marijuana being a schedule 1 drug.. thats crazy! that means, according to this scale, crack cocaine is safer than pot? riduculous! anyone that has ever smoked marijuana knows that cant be accurate...thats why we are not to trust everything the government says.
NO, there is nothing else. This is the law - it's ridiculous and someone needs to change it. You are right, violence gets less time.
Tener Moon

Cleveland, GA

#10 Mar 15, 2009
Basically, you could commit murder and come out with a shorter sentence that if you were caught with marijuana. There is something the matter with the system which, of course, everyone is already said. It is really an injustice. During Carter's administration, it came the closest to being legalized--remember his son was caught/busted with it. Then, Reagan came in with the idea of closing down the drug dealers. I guess pot was the major drug of choice then; crack and meth were just beginning to make headway.(Remember Nancy's platform of "Just Say NO!"--what a joke!) It is time to change the laws; the arrest reports are full of people who are busted for the stuff. I don't think any of them are violent criminals--just the opposite, really. I feel bad for them.
Cheech

Jefferson, GA

#11 Mar 15, 2009
Georgia's marijuana laws are ridiculous, known for being among the hardest in the nation. It's sad this guy will lose his life to prison, whereas if he was in certain places in California, he would just pay tax on it and move on. Grow one plant in a paper cup on your window seal in Georgia, and it will get you a year in prison. This drives the price of pot up in Georgia, and is attracting the drug trade.

Here are Georgia's laws:
http://www.norml.org/index.cfm...
cut it

Jefferson, GA

#12 Mar 16, 2009
life in prison for a non violent crime is a travesty.i dont care how many times he got caught with it..pot never killed anyone, so why is he being treated like a murderer?

i dont think there should ever be any such thing as a "marijuana felony".. those 2 words shouldnt go together.
Tresi

Davenport, IA

#13 Mar 16, 2009
Good Bye Doper wrote:
Good job to all those involved.Keep up the good work.Get rid of more of this scum.
I keep remembering that ol' fire up on YH Mountain after election night, all the millions thats been made up in there over the years, and, of course the guy with a problem separating alcohol from county vehicles.
Sorry But

Jefferson, GA

#14 Mar 16, 2009
cut it wrote:
life in prison for a non violent crime is a travesty.i dont care how many times he got caught with it..pot never killed anyone, so why is he being treated like a murderer?
i dont think there should ever be any such thing as a "marijuana felony".. those 2 words shouldnt go together.
His former felony's stemmed from other illegal activity besides "pot".

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