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Macon County superior court convened last week to hear cases ranging from possession of methamphetamine to the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Jarrett Dane Holland faced numerous felony counts of possessing and selling methamphetamine to undercover police officers on more than one occasion in 2010. Holland made a plea bargain with the court to plead guilty to said charges as well as evading officers while they were serving a warrant for his arrest of previous breaking and entering charges. Holland was also listed as a habitual offender from 2003, 2006 and 2009. All other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. While Judge Sharon T. Barrett clearly stated that Holland could have received 24 years, she only sentenced him to spend 10 and a half years in prison and to pay $1,800 in restitution.

On June 26 of 2010, Macon County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations with assistance from the Cullasaja Fire Department, dismantled a significant meth lab at the residence of David Lee Holland, 43, and his wife, Pamela Ledbetter Holland, 39.

The couple was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance (meth), maintaining a dwelling used for keeping and selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute methamphetamine. The couple’s case was postponed to be heard on Oct. 31.

The case involving David Wayne Ogden was also delayed until Oct. 31. Ogden is charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of minors and several other charges including giving a controlled substance to a minor and possession of a firearm by a felon. Ogden was investigated after a 15-year-old female was found to have been smoking marijuana, which she told the Macon County Sheriff's Office that she received from Ogden along with controlled prescription drugs.

The girl claimed that Ogden had convinced her to send him pornographic photos of herself in exchange for the drugs and money.

She also said she knew of at least six other minors who had a similar relationship with Ogden. A Grand Jury indictment of Ogden added the charges of one count of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of forced sexual servitude.

The case of Mitchell Lee Stahl was also continued until Oct. 31.

The Highlands resident was charged in September of 2010 with a collective nine felony counts, which included two counts of selling or delivering a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of maintaining a place for keeping or selling a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking in opium and one count of selling or delivering a Schedule IV controlled substance.


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