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Hinesville man sentenced to federal prison for drug sales

A man authorities said was once the “most prolific heroin dealer” in Liberty County was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge.

Juan Carlos Negron, 34, of Hinesville, was by United States District Court Judge William T. Moore, Jr., to 151 months in prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute quantities of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana, and opioids such as OxyContin and oxycodone.

There is no parole in the federal system.

Evidence presented during Negron's guilty plea and sentencing hearings revealed that Negron began dealing drugs in 2001 and is a career criminal, having been convicted twice before for dealing narcotics in Liberty County.

Negron's drug trafficking history began with Negron dealing marijuana, graduated to Negron dealing prescription pain medications, and culminated in the current case with Negron dealing heroin and other drugs out of his home in Hinesville.

Through its investigation, law enforcement identified Negron as the most prolific heroin dealer in the Liberty and Chatham County areas, between 2015 and 2016.  

Authorities said Negron, unemployed since 2012, supplied other local dealers and served individual customers from his home. Negron occasionally sent his young son outside while users injected heroin in the kitchen; the child waited in a rocking chair as a stream of addicts passed him by.

United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine said, "To all those who seek to profit illegally from the addiction of others, let the prosecution of Juan Carlos Negron serve as a stark reminder that the office of the United States Attorney will labor tirelessly to see that you are held accountable."

"The GBI-SRDEO and its partners are committed to investigating and holding those persons involved in the illegal distribution of narcotics accountable," Assistant Special Agent in Charge Lindsey Smith, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, stated. "Today's sentencing of Negron was the culmination of hard work and dedication by law enforcement officers who seek to improve the communities they serve."

Negron's case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer G. Solari prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.


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