Southwest Georgia Resident Pleads Guilty to Armed Drug Distribution Charges

Southwest Georgia Resident Pleads Guilty to Armed Drug Distribution Charges
Larry Roger Sparks Jr

Larry Roger Sparks, Jr., a 46-year-old resident of Albany, Georgia, with a history of criminal activity, has pleaded guilty to armed drug distribution charges today. Sparks faces the possibility of life in prison after admitting to distributing significant quantities of fentanyl.

Sparks pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including distribution of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Leslie A. Gardner is presiding over the case, and a sentencing date will be scheduled by the Court.

U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary emphasized the severity of fentanyl’s impact on communities, stating, “Fentanyl is one of the deadliest drugs on the streets today, and our office will go to every length to halt its distribution and hold fentanyl traffickers accountable.”

Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the importance of combating drug dealers who spread lethal substances like fentanyl.

The investigation into Sparks began in 2023, with undercover agents uncovering his involvement in armed fentanyl trafficking in Southwest Georgia. Over the course of several months, Sparks was found to be distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine from his Albany residence, where three minor children also resided.

A federal search warrant executed at Sparks’ residence revealed significant quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine, along with firearms and other items associated with drug distribution. Sparks was subsequently apprehended during a traffic stop, where he was found in possession of firearms and cash.

Sparks has a prior criminal record, including convictions for armed robbery and delivery of a controlled substance in Michigan, as well as possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Georgia.

The investigation involved collaboration between the Worth County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SWRDEO), and the DEA.

Criminal Chief Leah McEwen is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Government.