A man was sentenced to serve the maximum sentence of 45 years in prison for his convictions for trafficking meth, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris handed down the sentences for Eric Lynn Estrada, 39. Morris presided over the three-day trial during the trial week beginning Feb. 3. Chief Assistant District Attorney Scott Helton presented testimony from more than 10 detectives and patrolmen from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, led by Detective Amy Gallman, and more than 250 exhibits. The evidence showed that Estrada was the leader of a local group distributing pounds of meth each week, all of which was coming here from the Atlanta area.
Gallman’s case began with a controlled purchase of meth from the residence occupied by Estrada. A search warrant executed at the house produced a trafficking amount of meth, packing materials, containers and multiple scales for possessing, processing and distributing meth. Detectives also found a handgun and a rifle and approximately $15,000 in cash.
Gallman also executed a search warrant on Estrada’s phones, which produced several communications concerning the trafficking of meth. Detective Lt. Daniel Rann of the sheriff’s office testified as an expert, explaining the communications located on Estrada’s phones.
This is not Estrada’s first conviction for trafficking. In 2002, Estrada pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic meth and possession of a firearm during that crime, in federal court, for similar conduct.