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Waycross Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison
For His Role In Cocaine Trafficking Ring

November 2, 2012

BRUNSWICK, GA – Rudolph V. Orange, 47, of Waycross, Georgia was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison by Chief United States Chief District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring. Orange was the lead defendant in a 9-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in June 2011.
United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “Whether in the metropolitan areas or the smaller towns within our district, the United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute those who push poison in our communities to the fullest extent of the law.”

Evidence presented during a two-day sentencing hearing showed that in January 2012 undercover agents made numerous purchases of cocaine from Orange and his coconspirators. Later, multiple search warrants were executed, which resulted in the seizure cocaine and firearms. During his sentencing, Chief Judge Wood found that Orange was a leader of the cocaine trafficking ring. In addition, Orange was found to be a “career offender” and therefore subject to an increased sentence based upon his three previous felony drug convictions.

Chief Judge Wood previously sentenced four other Waycross residents and for their roles in the drug trafficking conspiracy. Shawn Paul Flanagan, 41, was sentenced to 63 months in prison; Roshan Boyd, 27, was sentenced to 62 months in prison; Terrance B. Taylor, 49, was sentenced to 30 months in prison; and, Carol Plummer, 43 and the wife of Orange, was sentenced to 9 months in prison and 3 years supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Waycross Police Department and the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlton Bourne prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 341-7842.

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