District Attorney Herb Cranford has announced the conviction of Arsenio Cardell Williams who recently pleaded guilty his seventh felony drug conviction.
Williams, age 38, accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon on Wednesday, just prior to proceeding with a jury trial.
Under the plea agreement between Williams and the District Attorney’s Office, Superior Court Judge N. Markette Baker sentenced Williams to serve 25 years in prison.
Williams was arrested in 2018 as the result of an extensive investigation by the LaGrange Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit.
On May 22, 2018, La- Grange Police and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision coordinated to conduct searches at two residences while monitoring Williams’ probation. During the investigation, officers encountered Williams at a house on Dougherty Street. Police later located approximately 60 grams of crack cocaine, drug distribution paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana, and stolen Glock .45-caliber handgun in a bedroom belonging to Williams.
Police also found materials used to manufacture crack cocaine during a search at another residence associated with Williams.
The district attorney emphasizes this is Williams’ seventh felony drug conviction, spanning nearly two decades. In 2000, Williams pleaded guilty in one case to Sale of Cocaine and in another to Possession of Cocaine. In 2004, Williams pleaded guilty to Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. In 2007, Williams pleaded guilty to Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. In 2011, Williams pleaded guilty to Possession of Cocaine. In 2015, Williams pleaded guilty to Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, and Felony Obstruction of an Officer, among other charges.
Assistant District Attorney Jack Winne prosecuted this case, supported by LaGrange Police Investigator Matthew Fowler, who served as the lead investigator.
Cranford praised La-Grange Police and Winne’s efforts in obtaining the conviction of a potentially dangerous drug offender.
“I commend the La-Grange Police Department and its Special Investigations Unit, which works diligently to apprehend drug dealers and to get illegal firearms off the streets. As this prosecution demonstrates, removing armed repeat offenders from our community, along with combating the violence, addiction, and other ills associated with the drug trade, are top priorities of mine,” said Cranford.
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