MONROE, Ga. — A conviction on drug crimes netted a prison sentence of at least 10 years last week.

Walton County sheriff’s deputies arrested Craig Jason Fambrough on drug charges at a traffic checkpoint. Prosecutors said Fambrough, now 39, tried to use a fake name but a deputy recognized him from a prior incarceration.

Jail records indicate Fambrough was arrested Oct. 16, 2017, at Conyers Road and Centerville-Rosebud Road.

A search of Fambrough’s car revealed a digital scale and two bags containing a little more than 30 grams of methamphetamine.

As the state presented its last witness in trial on Sept. 18, Fambrough decided to enter a guilty plea. Chief Judge John M. Ott handed down a 30-year sentence with the first 10 to be served in prison.

As a repeat offender, Fambrough must serve every day of the 10 years without parole on the charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug-related objects, driving with a suspended license and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Fletcher, Investigator Artie Turner and legal assistant Nikki Garner prosecuted the case.

Cocaine conviction: A jury deliberated less than 10 minutes Thursday before delivering a guilty verdict against 54-year-old John Edward Boyd on a charge of possession of cocaine.

Boyd was arrested April 6.

Sentencing will be held at a later date.

Assistant District Attorney Lacey Wheeler, along with Turner and Garner, prosecuted the case.

Guilty of battery: A man arrested in Monroe last year was found guilty of aggravated battery on Sept. 17.

Latwon Alton Eugene Dukes, 27, was arrested Jan. 27, 2018, for attacking someone in Monroe. District Attorney Layla Zon’s office said the jury deliberated 20 minutes before returning its guilty verdict.

Dukes will remain in custody at the Walton County Jail while a presentence investigation is completed. He’s been in the jail since his arrest Aug. 29, 2018.

Monroe police investigated the case. Assistant District Attorney Dave Williamson prosecuted it along with Turner, victim services director Kim Kelly and Garner.

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