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Gilley gets 12 years
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Joshua Gilley appears in Circuit Court on Wednesday flanked by his attorney, Joshua Crain. - photo by Atlanta Northcutt

A drug dealer who was charged with possession of more than 26 grams of meth with intent to deliver has been taken off the streets and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

In Circuit Court on Wednesday, Joshua Coty Gilley, 38, pled guilty to possessing over 26 grams of meth with intent to deliver and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

The sentence comes after Gilley was found as a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over in August 2018.

Upon searching the vehicle, several illegal items were discovered which belonged to the driver. However, a backpack belonging to Gilley was found with 30 grams of meth and glass pipes used to smoke the illegal substance. 

With meth being a prominent issue in the community, the confiscation of the large amount of the highly addictive substance helps keep the drug from being dealt and causing harm to the individuals who purchase it.

Gilley currently has other warrants out of Rutherford and Cannon counties, but those sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time, as his 12-year prison term. Gilley must also pay a $2,000 fine.