News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2008

21 Indicted on Cocaine, Crack Charges in Palm Beach County

SEP 16 -- (MIAMI) - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL), G. Matthew Immler, Chief, Boynton Beach Police Department, Tony Strienese, Chief, Delray Beach Police Department, and William E. Smith, Chief, Lake Worth Police Department, announced the unsealing of indictments against twenty-one defendants in Operation Poole Party, targeting powder cocaine and crack cocaine distributors in the Boynton Beach area.

Between August 21 and September 4, 2008, a grand jury in West Palm Beach returned four separate indictments charging defendantsVirgil Leon Darville, Ronald Godfrey, Jr., Terry B. Johnson, Crystal D. Brinson, Jerriston L. Mason, Albert C. Wright, Joshua L. Adams, Antonio Robinson, Christopher Miller, Sebastian L. Bailey, Ronald L. Council, Jacob White, Jerry L. Grant, Nathaniel J. Hardiman, Aaron C. Johnson, Tameka L. Jackson, Leo Vincent Poole, Takita Lee, and Eddie Adams, with various narcotics offenses. If convicted, each defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence ranging from 20 years’ to life imprisonment.

CASE SUMMARIES :

United States v. Darrell Neloms, et al. , Case No. 08-80094-CR-MIDDLEBROOKS. Darrell Neloms, Virgil Leon Darville, Nathaniel J. Hardiman, Joshua L. Adams, Crystal D. Brinson, Antonio Robinson, Aaron C. Johnson, Eddie Adams, Takita Lee, Ronald Godfrey, Jr., and Sebastian L. Bailey were charged in this fourteen count indictment. Specifically, Neloms, Darville, Hardiman, Adams, Brinson , Robinson, Bradley, Johnson, Adams, and Lee with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and 50 grams of crack cocaine during the period from January 2008 to May 2008. Godfrey was charged with Neloms in a separate count with possession with intent to distribute at least five hundred grams of cocaine. The remaining defendants are charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine and crack cocaine.

United States v. Vincent Poole , Case No. 08-80095-CR-HURLEY. Leo Vincent Poole was charged with six counts of distribution of crack cocaine between December 2007 and May 2008.

United States v. Terry Johnson, et al. , Case No. 08-80103-CR-HURLEY. Terry B. Johnson was charged with three counts of distribution of crack cocaine in November and December 2007.

United States v. Ronald Godfrey, et al. , Case No. 08-80102-CR-MARRA. Ronald Godfrey, Ronald L. Council, Sr., Antonio Robinson, Sebastian L. Bailey, Christopher Miller, Jerriston L. Mason, Tameka L. Jackson, Jerry L. Grant, Jr., and Albert C. Wright were charged in a nine count indictment. Godfrey, Council, Robinson, Bailey and Miller were charged with conspiracy to distribute powder and crack cocaine. In the remaining counts, Godfrey, Mason Miller, Bailey, Jackson, Grant, and Wright are charged in various counts with possession with intent to distribute or distribution of crack and or powder cocaine. These events occurred over the period of April 2008 to September 2008.

This investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 400 grams of crack cocaine, more than 1 kilogram of powder cocaine, and three firearms.

Mr. Acosta commended the cooperation and investigative efforts of the DEA, Boynton Beach Police Department, Delray Beach Police Department, Lake Worth Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service. These cases are being handled by United States Attorney’s Office, West Palm Beach.

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