Edward A. Murphy, II, 59, of Franklin, North Carolina pled guilty to Trafficking Methamphetamine and was sentenced to a maximum term of 93 months in the Division of Adult Corrections. He will serve at least 70 months before he is eligible for release and assessed a fine of $50,000.00. This conviction was the result of an on-going drug investigation and undercover operation conducted by Narcotics Detectives with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office in late 2017 and early 2018.
Benjamin J. Phillips, 50, of Franklin, North Carolina pled guilty to Possessing Methamphetamine as a Habitual Felon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was sentenced to a maximum term of 65 months and will serve at least 48 months before he is eligible for release. These convictions arise from a February 2017 traffic stop by Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies in the Coweeta Church Road area of Otto, N.C.
“These drug related convictions send a strong message that dealers and habitual offenders will not be tolerated in Macon County. Hats off to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for their diligent attention to detail and comprehensive coverage of such a large rural county.”
– District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch