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Last Of 22 Defendants Sentenced In
Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - Eddie Dewayne Galison, 29, of Memphis, Tennessee was sentenced today by United State District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 46 months in prison for his role in a massive cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Galison’s sentencing marked the end of the prosecution of a large drug trafficking conspiracy operating in McDuffie County, Georgia and elsewhere. The federal prosecution netted convictions of 22 defendants on various drug trafficking charges.


United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “Federal and local law enforcement cooperation has resulted in a complete disruption of a major drug trafficking organization, and the incarceration of a number of dangerous criminals. The type of cooperation between federal and local investigative agencies, as occurred here, is essential for the dismantling of large-scale drug organizations. This successful investigation once again demonstrates the effectiveness of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program.”


According to the evidence presented during several guilty plea and sentencing hearings, a large drug trafficking organization was supplying cocaine and other drugs to persons in McDuffie, Warren, Columbia, and Hancock Counties. Investigators used confidential informants and wiretap surveillance to further their investigation. During the investigation, it was determined that the cocaine distributed McDuffie County and elsewhere in the Southern District of Georgia had been delivered from the Atlanta area.


The case resulted from a lengthy investigation conducted by members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the FBI, DEA, ATF, GBI, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office and the Thomson Police Department.

In addition to Galison, other Defendants sentenced for their roles in the drug trafficking conspiracy included:
William Leon Woods, 31, from Decatur, Georgia, was sentenced to 68 months in prison;
Kevin Elliott Gaines, 31, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 119 months in prison;
Antonio Dantwan Grisson, 29, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 120 months in prison;
Gregory Valentino Ivey, 25, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 162 months in prison;
Solomon Mandrell Grier, 33, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 104 months in prison;
Devicco Troy Moss, 30, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 97 months in prison;
Cedric Ferlando Johnson, 31, from Norwood, Georgia, was sentenced to 58 months in prison;
Robert Lee Belton, 33, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 158 months in prison;
Chris Antonio Moss, 34, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 152 months in prison;
Santonio Tywan Cartledge, 29, Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 60 months in prison;
Ernest Roymettris Hatcher, 29, from Sparta, Georgia, was sentenced to 51 months in prison;
Sanchez Vanquis Jones , 28, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 30 months in prison;
Robert Lee Williams, 32, from Thomson, Georgia was sentenced to 129 months in prison;
James Bouttry, 25, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 114 months in prison;
Tito Navada Hatcher, 38, from Sparta, Georgia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison;
Robert Lee Neal, Sr., 50, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison;
Jamario Quilton Lee, 27, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 21 months in prison;
Mario Deangelo Clemons, 29, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 48 months in prison;
Quantavious Antwain Dawson, 28, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 22 months in prison;
Christine Michelle Willingham, 37, from Appling, Georgia, was sentenced to 25 months in prison; and,
Debra Gaines, 50, from Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 5 years probation.
Assistant United States Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

 

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