A woman who was prosecuted several years ago with capital murder and other charges, then acquitted on the case has been arrested by federal authorities on alleged narcotics violations.
Twanna “Tart” Blair, 35, was a victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to the back, during the 1999 Valentine’s Day triple homicide, according to archived reports. She was later found innocent by a jury in the triple-murder case.
On Thursday, federal authorities took Blair into custody for the alleged sale and delivery of crack cocaine, according to investigators with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Blair, 35, faces 47 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the local investigator who was in charge of the case.
Blair was allegedly involved in the sale and delivery of more than 500 grams of the substance.
BCSO investigators were in charge of the case and brought state charges, which have now been handed off to the federal authorities for prosecution of the case.
According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO, Blair was arrested Thursday on an outstanding federal warrant relating to the charge of sale and delivery.
“The investigation was conducted by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and was submitted to federal court after meeting the criteria for federal prosecution,” Gault said.
Blair made her initial appearance in the U.S. Eastern District Court Friday. She is being incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail pending further action.