Ex-L'burg resident pleads guilty to drug charges

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A former Lewisburg resident was sentenced to more prison time after pleading guilty on March 3 to charges of sale of a Schedule III drug and possession of a Schedule III drug for resale.

Wanda Gail Shelton, 45, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine on each of the two charges. As a "career" offender, she will have to serve 60 percent of that time before being eligible for parole. She is already confined in the Tennessee Prison for Women, so this 24-year sentence will start when the one she is currently serving is completed.

Wanda Gail Shelton, 45, was living at 308 Haynes Street in November 2007 when she sold a variety of prescription drugs to a confidential informant working for the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Subsequently, during a consensual search of the residence, agents found 49 Percocet, 55 Xanax, and 23 Lortab pills.

According to the case file, Shelton told agents she had "three or four regular customers," who purchased pills from her on a regular basis. She said she had been obtaining pills from a doctor in Fayetteville for "about three years" and admitted she had "been involved in the illegal distribution of her prescription medication for about the same amount of time."

Documents in the case file include a summary of Shelton's criminal record, starting with a Giles County conviction in 1983 for "grand larceny and burglary 2nd" and going on to "sale of a controlled substance" in 1990. The list of Shelton's convictions - mostly on drug charges - in Giles and Marshall counties fills two-and-a-half pages.

Shelton was represented by the public defender's office.