Guilty plea entered in Albany drug case

ALBANY — Gregory Tushin Greene plead guilty to trafficking of cocaine, among other charges, on Monday in Dougherty Superior Court just ahead of the anticipated start of his trial, officials say.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Greene entered a guilty plea, but that sentencing had not been completed by late Monday due to issues regarding proper sentencing. His trial would have begun on Monday had he not entered the plea, Edwards said.

Lawyers in the case are expected to be writing briefs in regards to the sentencing before the judge makes a decision. The arguments will pertain to what the mandatory minimum sentence for Greene can be based on his prior record, Edwards said.

Greene was indicted in June after officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2013 Dodge Challenger he was driving in January. Police reports show that a high speed chase ensued, bringing law enforcement agents from the 1400 block of Moultrie Road to the bridge at Oakridge Drive where he got out of the vehicle and threw a package into the Flint River.

The package, which was found to contain 1,217 grams of cocaine, was retrieved by firefighters and agents from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit after a boat had been launched from a Radium Springs boat landing.

Greene’s indictments included numerous counts of cocaine trafficking, tampering with evidence, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign and other traffic-related offenses. Cassandra Jean James was indicated along with Greene on one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of trafficking in cocaine and one count of conspiracy to commit trafficking in cocaine.