Meth dealer receives 24-year sentence

A Greenwood man arrested during the roundup of drug dealers in August has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Carlton Tracy Spears, 53, was charged with three felony charges of dealing methamphetamine after Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detectives gathered evidence of him selling methamphetamine three times from where he was staying at a Greenwood motel in April, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He was arrested last year as part of a roundup of more than 60 suspects after ongoing drug dealing and drug possession investigations by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department.

He was sentenced earlier this month by Johnson County Circuit Court Judge Mark Loyd to serve 24 years in prison on the three felony charges as part of a plea agreement. The court also recommended that he take part in a therapeutic drug rehabilitation program while in prison.

Sheriff’s office narcotic investigators had heard about Spears and gotten a tip that he was selling steroids, marijuana and methamphetamine. Spears was living at a motel on Main Street in Greenwood during the undercover investigation.

Sheriff’s detectives got evidence of Spears ordering more steroids from his supplier, arranging other meth sales, and making three deals, each time of a larger amount. In total, sheriff’s office detectives have evidence that he sold more than $1,100 worth of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

During the deals, Spears also made comments threatening to stab people if he was shorted money, and threatening to kill people if the police were involved.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.