Sheriff: Georgia attorney sold pills, meth to undercover agents

A Georgia attorney was arrested Monday after an investigation revealed her alleged involvement in the use and distribution of illegal drugs.

About 8:30 a.m. , drug agents from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Holly Hogue Edwards on multiple charges, including four counts of distributing oxycodone and one count of distributing methamphetamine, Monroe sheriff’s spokeswoman Allison Willis said in an emailed statement.

“Edwards was indicted last week by a federal grand jury after she sold to undercover drug agents during the course of the investigation,” Willis said.

Edwards, 35, of Macon, who was is in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, was released on $15,000 unsecured bond Monday afternoon, according to The Telegraph of Macon..

Edwards graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and earned her law degree from Mercer University School of Law, according to her law firm’s web site.

She worked as a law clerk for Hogue & Hogue, a Macon criminal defense firm, “where she developed a passion for defending the accused,” the site states.

Edwards went to work for the Houston County public defender’s office, then left to become an associate lawyer at Hogue & Hogue for more than two years, practicing criminal defense. She left the firm in 2009 to form her own criminal defense firm, the website says.

Macon attorney Franklin J. Hogue told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Edwards, his former daughter-in-law, was fired in August 2009 from the law firm he and his wife, Laura Hogue, operate. He declined to say why.

According to Edwards’ website, she is president of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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