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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Federal Drug Trafficking Indictments Unsealed, Search Warrants Executed in Dougherty, Henry, Muscogee and Worth Counties

Albany, GA— A multi-agency investigation has resulted in the execution of search warrants today in Dougherty, Henry, Muscogee and Worth Counties, announced Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Additionally, federal indictments charging six individuals for drug trafficking were unsealed today.

The search warrants were executed in the following locations:

  • 948 South Street, Albany, Dougherty County
  • 3 Simmons Way, Ellenwood, Henry County
  • 204 Whitehead Drive, Albany, Dougherty County
  • 710 Johnson Road, Apartment C, Albany, Dougherty County
  • 1718 Nelms Road, Albany, Dougherty County
  • 7794 Leaning Pine Court, Midland, Muscogee County
  • 202 Glade Lane, Albany, Dougherty County
  • 610 Johnson Road, Albany Dougherty County
  • 101 Gurr Drive, Albany, Dougherty County
  • 202 Pecan Street, Sylvester, Worth County
     
    The following defendants were indicted by the September 2019 federal grand jury. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. All of the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.
     
  1. Willie Keith Ware, 32, of Albany, is facing six charges. Mr. Ware is charged with four counts of distribution of methamphetamine in an amount exceeding 50 grams.  If convicted on any of these charges, Mr. Ware faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.  Mr. Ware is also charged with one count of distribution of heroin.  If convicted on this charge, Mr. Ware faces a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.  Mr. Ware is also charged with one count of distribution of MDMA.  If convicted on this charge, Mr. Ware faces a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
     
  2. Jamie L. Keith, 38, Albany, is charged with one count possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in an amount exceeding 50 grams.  If convicted, Mr. Keith faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.
     
  3. Quade’ Z. Barrett, 25, of Albany is charged with one count of distribution of MDMA.  If convicted, Mr. Barrett faces a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
     
  4. Demarcus Cook, aka GA Boy, 37, of Sylvester, is facing two charges. Mr. Cook is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an amount exceeding 50 grams.  If convicted, Mr. Cook faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.  Mr. Cook is also charged with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted, Mr. Cook faces a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison consecutive to any other conviction, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
     
  5. Addy Cook, aka Frost, 36, of Sylvester, is facing two charges. Ms. Cook is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an amount exceeding 50 grams.  If convicted, Ms. Cook faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.  Ms. Cook is also charged with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted, Ms. Cook faces a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison consecutive to any other conviction, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
     
  6. Artarius Davis, aka Showboat, aka Boat, 38, of Albany, is facing two charges. Mr. Davis is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an amount exceeding 50 grams.  If convicted, Mr. Davis faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.  Mr. Davis is also charged with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted, Mr. Davis faces a mandatory minimum 5 years in prison consecutive to any other conviction, up to a maximum of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
     
    “These search warrants and indictments are part of a multi-month, multi-agency investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler. “Our office is grateful for the strong partnership exhibited between our local, state and federal law enforcement in the Middle District of Georgia.”
     
    The case was investigated by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Worth County Sheriff’s Office, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit, the GBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen is prosecuting the case for the Government.
     
    Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.
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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 15, 2019