George D. Harper Sentenced To 4 Years In Federal Prison
George Darryl Harper, the man who was arrested for one of the biggest drug busts Coffee County has ever seen, was recently sentenced to four years in a federal prison on charges of manufacturing marijuana and trafficking.
Harper has a significant track record relating to drug charges dating back to 1992 when he was arrested for growing marijuana, which resulted in a prison sentence in 2002. He was arrested again in 2002 for a marijuana grow involving 150 plants or so, which led to another prison sentence, then again in 2007, which led to a third prison sentence.
On Friday, February 12, 2016, Harper was arrested for one of the largest, if not the largest, drug busts in not only our county, but also several surrounding counties. Around 3:22 a.m. that morning, detectives went to two residences located at 5062 Youngie Fussell Road and 4853 Youngie Fussell Road where a total of 325 pounds of processed marijuana was located.
Harper was once again charged with manufacturing marijuana and trafficking; however, days later he was released on a special consent bond for $100,000 after experiencing a medical condition while in police custody.
During his time out on bond, several hundred marijuana plants were found near Harper’s home, but he was not arrested or charged at that time because of “lack of evidence.”
The following year, arrest warrants were issued for Harper after he failed to show up for a bond revocation hearing (which was caused from Harper failing a drug test) on July 24, 2017, in the Coffee County Superior Court. Harper removed his ankle-monitoring device and was on the run for several months.
On November 30, 2017, Harper was back behind bars in the Coffee County Jail after deputies spotted him driving his wife’s car down Sinkhole Road. Harper led deputies on a high-speed chase but eventually pulled over at his residence on Youngie Fussell Road. Harper was wearing a long brown wig as a disguise and was taken into custody.
Harper also still faces his charges in Coffee County for his time on the run and failure to appear in court.