VALDOSTA, Ga. – A federal jury convicted a Nashville, Georgia, resident Wednesday for attempting to distribute methamphetamine through the U.S. Mail.
Darren J. McCormick, 33, was found guilty of one count possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute following a three-day trial that began on Monday, Nov. 15, before U.S. District Judge Louis Sands. McCormick faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years up to a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Sentencing has not been scheduled.
“Darren McCormick’s attempt to receive a significant quantity of methamphetamine through the mail and distribute it into a South Georgia community has been prevented thanks to the efforts of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office,” said Peter D. Leary, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “Repeat drug traffickers who push the deadliest narcotics will be held accountable in the Middle District of Georgia.”
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, a confidential informant (CI) notified law enforcement in early 2020 that McCormick was selling illegal drugs in Berrien County and that he regularly received controlled substances via U.S. Mail with the assistance of other individuals. Under surveillance, the CI picked up a package with suspected controlled substances at a post office and then picked up McCormick on May 7, 2020. McCormick was arrested in possession of 217 grams of methamphetamine discovered in the mailed package. McCormick has a prior federal drug conviction in the Middle District of Georgia.
The case was investigated by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen is prosecuting the case.