Man gets 30 years in Cobb motel drug dealing case
by MDJ staff
April 01, 2014 04:13 PM | 10187 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ralph Wages
Ralph Wages
Alicia Barrett
Alicia Barrett
MARIETTA — A man and a woman were convicted Friday on drug charges stemming from an incident last May at a Cumberland-area hotel.

Ralph Timothy Wages, 46, of Douglasville was found guilty of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of oxycodone, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, theft by receiving, and giving false information to a law-enforcement officer.

Alicia Barrett, 31, of Villa Rica was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine.

Police to a call at the La Quinta Inn on Paces Ferry Road May 24, 2013, about a smell coming from a room. They first encountered Barrett at the door to the room, and later Wages. The room had been rented in the name of someone else. A search of the room uncovered a large quantity of methamphetamine, oxycodone, indications of drug sales, and a loaded firearm.

After the jury returned its verdict, Assistant District Attorney Kimberly L. Schwartz presented evidence of Wages’ three prior felony convictions in support of a lengthy prison sentence.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole then sentenced Wages under the recidivist statute to 30 years in prison. Barrett was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $500, and she was ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and any recommended treatment.

Wages was represented by attorney Ken Croy of Marietta. Attorney Lee Fudger, also of Marietta, represented Barrett.

The trial began March 24.

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