Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced in Absentia
DEC 09 --Maxwell Wood, United States Attorney, for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Anthony Sean Walker, age 34, of Omega, Georgia, was sentenced on December 04, 2008, to thirty (30) years in Federal prison without parole.
As part of a plea agreement, Walker acknowledged that he routinely obtained fifty (50) to seventy (70) kilograms of cocaine monthly which he distributed to cocaine dealers in the Tift County area. As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers intercepted a tractor trailer truck which was used by Walker to transport drug proceeds. A search of the truck uncovered $800,000.00 in drug money which was being shipped to California as payment for cocaine. A search of Walker’s residence uncovered $13,159.00 in drug proceeds.
Following entry of Walker’s guilty plea, he was released on bond pending sentencing. Walker absconded and has remained a fugitive. The Government filed a motion to sentence Walker in absentia. The Court granted the motion. Consequently, a hearing was convened on December 04, 2008, which led to the thirty (30) year sentence.
The investigation was conducted by agents from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and South Georgia Drug Task Force. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Charles Calhoun.
Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com and www.dea.gov. DEA.gov takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.