Macon lawyer pleads guilty to meth sale

obrown@macon.comNovember 22, 2013 

A Macon lawyer was sentenced to 10 years on probation Friday for his role in the sale of less than a gram of methamphetamine.

Arjun Kapoor must serve up to 180 days in a probation detention center and also pay a $7,500 fine. He’ll also have to surrender his State Bar of Georgia license.

“This is a serious matter that reflects not only poorly on you but on the profession of law as a whole,” Superior Court Judge Edgar W. Ennis Jr. told him before sentencing.

Kapoor pleaded guilty to one count of the sale of methamphetamine, which is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant. Two other counts on an indictment were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Kapoor entered what’s known as an “Alford” plea. In such pleas, a defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists that likely would have led to his conviction, but he doesn’t admit his participation in the acts constituting the crime.

“I would like to apologize to the court and to the profession and express my remorse,” Kapoor told Ennis.

He was sentenced under the state’s First Offender Act. He could have drawn a 30-year sentence. Ennis told Kapoor that if he doesn’t comply with all the terms of his probation, Ennis could resentence him to the full 30 years.

Kapoor will be eligible for early termination of his probation -- after five years -- if he fulfills those requirements.

Kapoor said about 40 percent of his law practice had involved criminal cases. Ennis told him he needed to tell his six remaining clients that they should find other attorneys, and Kapoor’s attorney, Gregory Futch, said that is happening.

Kapoor was under investigation for about seven months, from November 2008 to June 2009. Here are the series of acts that led to the charges against him, according to a plea agreement that Ennis read in court:

On Jan. 2, 2009, a police informant called Kapoor, and they discussed the purchase of prescription drugs. That call was recorded. During the conversation, Kapoor said he had no pills but that he had some “hard concrete.” Police gave the informant $50 in city-issued funds to buy the drugs.

Kapoor called the informant and told the person to meet him at the corner of Lamar Street and Vineville Avenue. There, a woman who was with Kapoor walked to the informant’s car, took money from the informant and returned to Kapoor’s truck.

Kapoor drove off, then called the informant back. Kapoor said he had to meet “a guy” at the Kroger store on Pio Nono Avenue. Then he would meet the informant at a Marathon convenience store on Vineville Avenue.

They met at the store, and Kapoor handed over a small plastic baggie containing a substance -- and a $10 bill in change, saying that the drugs were worth $40.

Police met the informant afterward and took the drug, which testing later determined to be methamphetamine.

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