ATLANTA – A Middle Georgia drug dealer arrested following a two-month undercover operation in Butts County has pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine.

Darian Berry, 40, of Jackson pleaded guilty earlier this week in federal court in Macon before U.S. District Judge Tripp Self. He faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of supervised release.

“Law enforcement stopped a well-known meth dealer in Butts County,” said Charlie Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “The defendant is facing a steep prison sentence without parole for pushing this poison in Middle Georgia.”

Berry admitted to selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant on five separate occasions in Butts County between July and August 2018. Officers with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office conducted and recorded the buys.

“We will continue to pursue those spreading poison in our community until justice is served,” Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said. “This type of result is what happens when agencies work together.”

The Butts County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in conducting the operation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Keyes.