Arthur Lewis Borders, 47 of Cedartown, has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. Reports said that Borders pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and as a result was sentenced to six years in prison. As part of the plea, two other counts were dismissed and Borders was sentenced to a shorter period.

He was facing a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Borders were arrested in March 2015 after he attempted to buy a kilogram of cocaine. During the crime he was found with one and a half pounds of cocaine (valued at $33,000), a pound of methamphetamine and 55 gallons of moonshine. Agents also seized 28 firearms, several motor vehicles, and a large amount of U.S. currency.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Traynor admitted that Borders was not a typical defendant as he had no criminal history, had held a job for most of his life and had accepted responsibility for what he had done.

In passing sentence, Judge Murphy acknowledged this was a unique case adding that Borders worked 30 years for the same utility company and was highly respected in his church community, yet ‘Sells the devil itself’..

Borders was also given four years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.
He must also forfeit a 12 gauge shotgun, a Hummer, bass boats among other items.