Methamphetamine smuggled in carpet, ‘Bible’ package seized at Georgia airport
A Fitzgerald man linked to an international drug smuggling operation pleaded guilty to federal narcotics charges in Macon last week after a shipment of methamphetamine bound for him was intercepted at the international airport last year Hartsfield Jackson.
The man, Chad Williamson, who will be sentenced later, could be sent to prison for 10 years to life and be ordered to pay up to $10 million in fines. He pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Georgia, which announced the plea on Tuesday, Williamson was the intended recipient of a drug shipment from Mexico that was intercepted at Atlanta airport in March. 2021.
“The parcels were (…) marked as a religious image and/or biblical gift; one of the boxes contained a mat soaked in methamphetamine, which can be chemically extracted for use,” the statement said.
Shortly after the discovery of the drugs, DEA agents attended Williamson’s home in Ben Hill County, about 75 miles south of Macon. They later uncovered “a number of” phone messages he had sent to a supplier identified in the statement as “Costa Chris”.
“The messages,” the statement continued, “revealed an ongoing relationship between the two regarding illicit shipments of controlled substances requiring follow-up and other drug transactions. In total, a total of 1926.2 grams of methamphetamine was present. in the packages, of which 459.2 grams were determined to be 98% pure.