Man found guilty of drug trafficking
by Jessica Loeding
Nov 17, 2010 | 3008 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Norcross man accused of trafficking in methamphetamine was found guilty Tuesday in Bartow County Superior Court.

A jury in Judge Scott Smith's courtroom returned a guilty verdict in the case of Eduardo Osorio, who was accused of trafficking in a felony amount of meth.

Osorio and Jason Andrew Smith were arrested in a drug sting May 12, 2010, near exit 288 on Interstate 75.

A confidential informant, working with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, contacted Smith and Osorio about purchasing methamphetamine.

The three met at McDonald's, 11 Canyon Parkway, where Smith retrieved a bag containing a hollowed-out can of Kibbles 'n Bits with the suspected meth inside. Once the bag was brought into the car and turned over, law enforcement surrounded the vehicle.

During the trial, the prosecution entered into evidence recorded phone conversations between the informant and Smith, a recording of the transaction and tapes of an initial interview with Smith at the scene.

Because Smith and Osorio were carrying more than 28 grams of meth, the charge became felony trafficking.

During closing arguments, defense attorney James C. Wyatt stated that no one saw Osorio with the bags of meth.

Wyatt also pointed out that Smith drove the vehicle to Cartersville and set up the sale of roughly $1,300 in drugs.

The prosecution's Elizabeth York said in her closing remarks that the jury should not "do the easy out" and find Osorio not guilty.

She once again played the phone conversations and taped meeting for the jury, pointing out Osorio's contributions in each, which she said proved he was aware of what was transpiring.

Osorio was taken into custody and will be sentenced Nov. 30.