Twelve Individuals Indicted on Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy; Cocaine, Guns, Cash, and Vehicles Seized
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – A federal Grand Jury returned a fifteen-count second superseding indictment today charging twelve individuals with numerous narcotic and gun offenses. The indictment was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The indictment charges that Freddie Lee Christopher Knowles, IV (26), Candis Marshae Walker (24), John Jerome Fagin (29), Christopher Mathis (36), Willie James Morgan (34), Willie Lamar Potter (27), Vincent M. Brown (38), Jimmie Lee Aikens, Jr. (26), Jason Apollo Broxton (33), and Troy Anthony Coleman (24), all from the greater Panama City area, along with David Isaac Rucker (23), from Jackson, Mississippi, and Tommy Chin Van Duong (25), of Jacksonville, Florida, were involved in a conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine throughout Florida and elsewhere. The indictment further alleges that the conspiracy began as early as January 1, 2011, and continued until the most recent arrests were made on May 2, 2012.
During the arrests and execution of numerous search warrants, investigators seized over 5 kilograms of cocaine, in excess of $150,000, eight firearms, and seven vehicles.
Trial is currently set for June 25, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. If convicted at trial, all twelve defendants face up to life in prison, at least 5 years of supervised release, and up to a $10,000,000 fine on the conspiracy charged in the indictment.
In a companion case stemming from the above investigation, Kenji Otashlamar Houston (28) and Octavia Levatt Lightfoot (26), both residents from the greater Panama City area, were indicted for misprision of a felony and are currently set for trial on July 9, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. If convicted, they each face up to three years in prison, up to one year of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine.
The indictment results from an investigation by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Panama City and Jackson, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Panama City Police Department, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Risinger is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely a formal charge by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until the government proves their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury at trial.