Jury finds woman guilty
A Jeff Davis County woman was convicted by a jury Oct. 21 of drug charges stemming from an undercover purchase of drugs in June, 2020.
Anna Maria Guillen, 32, of Hazlehurst, was found guilty of the sale of methamphetamine after a confidential informant testified that he, while working under the direction of the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office, had purchased a quantity of methamphetamine from Guillen outside of her residence in Jeff Davis County on June 10, 2020. Jeff Davis Investigator Anthony McNeal and Hazlehurst Police Investigator Daniel Ivey were in visual contact with the confidential informant during the undercover purchase.
Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane sentenced Guillen to 15 years with 8 years to be served in prison, and the remaining 7 years to be served on probation.
“Dangerous drugs like methamphetamine affect more than just those individuals who become addicted,” said Jan Kennedy, a Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Appling/Jeff Davis Office of the District Attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, who prosecuted the case. “These drugs destroy the lives of family members as well. Prosecuting drug cases such as this can serve to reduce drug activity in our county and help protect our citizens.”
The trial, State of Georgia v. Anna Marie Guillen, began Oct. 18 with jury selection, and ended Oct. 21. Guillen was acquitted of a second charge, sale of heroin.