A Georgia inmate was able to orchestrate and execute a drug distribution ring while behind bars that sent narcotics throughout the state, according to the Department of Justice.

Jackie Kavaskia McMillan was sentenced to almost 40 years in prison for operating that drug ring that sent methamphetamine and other drugs, targeting the southern portion of the state.

The additional sentence will be served consecutive to the life sentence that McMillian is already subject to because he was convicted of murder.

In order to traffic the drugs, the convicted criminal utilized contraband to communicate with his criminal network.

“‘Bijay’ McMillan led an extensive drug-trafficking operation while locked inside a Georgia prison, using contraband cellphones and a gang-related network inside and outside prison to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs that fueled violent crime in Coffee County and beyond,” said U.S. Attorney David Estes. “Ultimately, our network of law enforcement agencies overcame this criminal conspiracy, ensuring that its leader is unlikely to ever walk the streets again.”

Specifically, McMillan was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of marijuana.

McMillan used his girlfriend to coordinate the drug trafficking scheme while he was behind bars. Because of her actions, she is serving a 286-month prison sentence.

“As a result of this case, communities across Georgia are safer and drug traffickers across the region have been put on notice that we will not tolerate efforts to spread these dangerous drugs,” said Special Agent in Charge Keri Farley of FBI Atlanta. “It is especially alarming that McMillan ran his operation from behind prison walls while already incarcerated for murder. Prisons should be a place of rehabilitation, not a place to continue committing crimes.”

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Georgia Star News and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]