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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Five Individuals Charged With Conspiring To Distribute Methamphetamine In Baker County

Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III,  Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Baker County Sheriff Joey B. Dobson announce that Ashley Chase Lee (31, Alma, Georgia), Archie Crook (35, Nassau County), Robert Hartzog (27, Baker County), Anthony Fisher (35, Baker County), and Garrett Follis (27, Baker County) have been charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of pure/actual methamphetamine.  Each faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years, up to life in federal prison. Follis, Hartzog and Crook have pleaded guilty to their charges, pursuant to written plea agreements, and are awaiting sentencing. Lee and Fisher are set for trial in September 2014, in Jacksonville.

According to the plea agreements, beginning in approximately May 2013, Lee supplied ounce quantities of crystal methamphetamine to Crook, who then supplied it to others, including Hartzog and Follis. Much of the methamphetamine was distributed from an apartment in Macclenny, Baker County, Florida.  Law enforcement officers with the Baker County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration seized, in total, approximately 204.7 grams of methamphetamine, some of which was deemed to be 73.3% pure.  

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie Hackenberry.

Updated January 26, 2015