liberty county repeat offender sentenced to
over 22 years in prison for drug trafficking
SAVANNAH, GA: EDDIE KODELL GOODWIN, 29, a native of Liberty County, was sentenced yesterday by Senior Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to 262 months in prison for trafficking crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana as a repeat offender with a 2009 conviction for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “The trafficking of cocaine and other illegal drugs is a disease that threatens the communities of every county in South Georgia. Violent repeat offenders who infect our communities with this disease will be prosecuted and punished severely.”
ATF Savannah Resident Agent in Charge George Belsky said, “ATF remains committed to partnering with our state and local counterparts in their efforts to investigate those involved in the illicit drug trade and the violent crime it produces.”
GOODWIN was convicted after a two-day jury trial in March 2012. The evidence at trial showed that in January of 2011, GOODWIN was driving on the streets of Hinesville, Georgia, when a MACE Drug Task Force agent attempted a stop of his vehicle for a traffic violation. Instead of complying with the agent’s efforts to stop the car, GOODWIN drove into an apartment complex, jumped from his still-moving vehicle while holding a black shoe box, and ran through several lots on foot. As he scaled a fence, he was seen by residents dropping the same black shoe box. The box contained five grams of crack cocaine, 62 grams of powder cocaine, and 90 grams of marijuana. GOODWIN was arrested a few moments later with over $1,000 cash in his pocket. At the time of his arrest, GOODWIN was serving a sentence of probation in Long County for the prior drug offense and a sentence of probation in Liberty County for a 2009 aggravated assault conviction.
GOODWIN’s 262 month sentence was ordered to run consecutively to the four year, 10 month, and 11 day sentence he is serving on the probation revocations. Mr. Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system.
The case was the result of a joint investigation conducted by ATF, MACE Drug Task Force, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Hinesville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Cameron Heaps Ippolito and Tania D. Groover prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.