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Dalton man sentenced to prison in meth deal

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A Dalton man who sold a pound of methamphetamine to a police cooperator was sentenced on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Public Information Office.

Jeffrey McGuire, 40, was sentenced to 11 years and six months.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said McGuire was caught trying to sell a pound of very pure methamphetamine. 

According to information presented in court, in January 2012, McGuire agreed to sell 1 pound of methamphetamine to a man for $17,000. 

McGuire didn't know the customer was cooperating with a police investigation.

Officers recorded phone calls between McGuire and the man as they made arrangements for the drug deal. 

During one of those calls, the man told McGuire that he would keep the money for the drugs in the trunk of his car. 

"There better not be a Mexican in the trunk or I'll have to shoot him," McGuire responded.

When the men met for the deal police tried to arrest McGuire, but he resisted.

Police said they recovered a pound of methamphetamine that was 90 percent pure. They also found a loaded .25-caliber pistol in the SUV.

Police eventually arrested McGuire and due to injuries he received while resisting arrest, he was taken to the hospital.

Officers said McGuire tried to escape while he was at the hospital. He ran down the hospital hallway and twice struck a nurse, according to court documents.

Even after the deputy sheriff used a stun gun on McGuire, he continued to struggle and tried to grab the deputy sheriff's firearm. 

McGuire was convicted on Oct. 18, 2012, upon his plea of guilty.

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