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16 Defendants Charged In Vidalia-Based Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

January 27, 2012

VIDALIA, GA - A federal indictment, unsealed yesterday in federal court, has charged 16 defendants with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana in the Vidalia, Georgia area. The indictment results from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Vidalia Police Department, Tri-Circuit Drug Task Force and United States Marshals Service.

United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “Successful investigations such as these are the result of great cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. We are committed to prosecuting those who prey upon our communities and profit from the scourge of illegal narcotics trafficking. This United States Attorney’s Office will also seek to seize and forfeit the ill-gotten gains from the criminal activity.”

If convicted of the drug trafficking conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a potential fine of $4,000,000. Tarver noted that the United States is also seeking to forfeit various items of personal property involved in the offenses, including $1.5 million as the alleged proceeds of the defendants’ drug trafficking.

The 16 defendants indicted on federal charges include:

Marcus Antiwan Dickerson 34, Lithonia, Georgia
Tyson Lamar Davis, 28, Vidalia, Georgia
Eric Stephon Mclendon, 34, Vidalia, Georgia
Trenton Arlanda Kinsey, 29, Vidalia, Georgia
Dexter Jamaal Fields, 24, Mount Vernon, Georgia
Eddie Littles, III, 31, Statesboro, Georgia
Terry Powell, 26, Vidalia, Georgia
Ricardo Marquis Davis, 29, Vidalia, Georgia
Isaac Hurst, Jr., 24, Vidalia, Georgia
Alvin Christopher Hamilton, Jr., 36, Vidalia, Georgia
Zikomo Taheam Bostic, 27, Swainsboro, Georgia
Colby Terrell Williams, 27, Swainsboro, Georgia
Bobby Lewis Day, 32, Lyons, Georgia
Matthew Dontell Hill, 28, Vidalia, Georgia
Kaneesha Lashay Simpson, 21, Vidalia, Georgia and
Melinda Dickerson, 52, Vidalia, Georgia

Mr. Tarver emphasized that the indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorney Cameron Ippolito is prosecuting the case for the Government. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.



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