- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Newton County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Darrell Mathis pleaded guilty in December to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Prosecutors said Mathis sold marijuana to a confidential law enforcement source and to an undercover agent on multiple occasions between May and September.

Prosecutors say that on at least two occasions the 41-year-old sold the drug from his marked patrol vehicle while wearing his sheriff’s office uniform and at least once brought a gun to a drug sale.

Mathis was arrested Sept. 19 when authorities say he had a pound of marijuana in his possession when he met with the undercover FBI agent.

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