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Woman sent to prison for dealing heroin

A Somerset Drive woman was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to multiple felony drug charges, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.

Judge William Coward sentenced Georgie Mendoza of Hendersonville to an active prison sentence of 238 months, or nearly 20 years.  She reaches parole eligibility after serving 14 years. In addition to the prison sentence, Coward also ordered Mendoza to pay a fine of $100,000. 

Mendoza sold several grams of heroin to an undercover Hendersonville police officer during the summer of 2017, Assistant District Attorney Heather Brittain told Judge Coward in presenting the facts of the case. Most of the illegal narcotic sales occurred in public at various parking lots for area businesses. The investigation showed that the heroin sold by Mendoza came from the Atlanta area. Most of the undercover purchases by the officer were for at least 6 grams of heroin for $1,100. According to police, the state crime lab determined that much of the heroin was also mixed with fentanyl, cocaine and acetaminophen.

“Ms. Mendoza has a history of drug possession and distribution in our area and I applaud the Hendersonville Police Department for acquiring the evidence against her so that she is out of our community for at least 14 years,” Newman said.  “She is also affiliated with other individuals who have pending drug, theft and overdose cases. Ms. Mendoza has been responsible for significant drug distribution in our county for a long time.  She, and others like her, sell the drugs, pocket the money,  and give no thought whatsoever to the damage to individual lives and to our community as a whole. It is indeed gratifying for our office to prosecute such a strong case."