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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 31, 2018

Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictments Charging 25 Individuals In December

MACON— A federal grand jury has returned indictments during the month of December. Charles “Charlie” E. Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced Monday, December 31, 2018 that the grand jury true billed indictments charging 25 new individuals. 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.

“The successful collaboration between law enforcement at every level helped bring these cases before a federal grand jury,” said U.S. Attorney Peeler. “I want to thank our local, state and federal law enforcement for their dedication and hard work.”

Indictment #1

JANARVIS TUCKER, 21, of Sandy Springs, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Tucker faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten (10) years up to the possibility of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Peach County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Howard.

Indictment #2 

CLIFFORD TERRELL, 43, of Barnesville, Georgia is charged with the following:

1-3) Bank Robbery

If convicted on Counts 1-3, Mr. Terrell faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Will R. Keyes. 

Indictment #3 

MARCRESS WILLIAMS a/k/a “BEAST”, 26, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

2-4) Distribution of Methamphetamine

5) Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

STEPHANIE THOMAS, 25, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

2-4) Distribution of Methamphetamine

5) Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

If convicted on Count 1 and/or Count 5,  Mr. Williams and Ms. Thomas face maximum sentences of life in prison, a $10,000,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Counts 2-4, the defendants face a maximum of 40 years in prison, a $5,000,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Ouzts.

Indictment #4 

CLAUDIA WASHINGTON, 59, of Valdosta, Georgia is charged with the following:

1 and 4) Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin

2) Possession with Intent to Distribute Methadone and Hydrocodone

3) Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin

If convicted on Counts 1-4, Ms. Washington faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both, on each count. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

Indictment #5 

RANDY ANGELO HILL, 32, of Tifton, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Bank Robbery

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Hill faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.   

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tifton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael T. Solis.

Indictment #6 

RUSBELY LUCAS-CARBAJAL, 33, of Mexico is charged with the following:

1) Illegal Reentry into the United States

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Lucas-Carbajal faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amelia G. Helmick.

Indictment #7

HECTOR BAROJAS-SANCHEZ, 33, of Mexico is charged with the following:

1) Illegal Reentry into the United States

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Barojas-Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amelia G. Helmick.

Indictment #8 

MARCOS LEON-CRUZ, 46, of Mexico is charged with the following:

1) Illegal Reentry into the United States

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Leon-Cruz faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amelia G. Helmick.

Indictment #9 

GILBERTO AMBROSIO-RAMIREZ, 28, of Mexico is charged with the following:

1) Illegal Reentry into the United States

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Ambrosio-Ramirez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amelia G. Helmick. 

In addition to the above indictments, the following individuals were indicted for firearms offenses. All of these cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN was launched in 2001 by the Office of the Attorney General. 

Indictment #10 

LAXAVIER PATTERSON, 39, of Valdosta, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Theft of a Firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee

2) Possession of a Stolen Firearm

3) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

If convicted on Counts 1-3, Mr. Patterson faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Valdosta Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit. 

Indictment #11 

JOHMAR CHANDLER, 40, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

2) Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

3)  Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute

4) Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Chandler faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Chandler faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 3, Mr. Chandler faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 4, Mr. Chandler faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a minimum $2,500 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Williams. 

Indictment #12 

FREDDIE CLARK, 42, of Columbus, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

2) Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute

3) Possession of a Firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Clark faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Clark faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $8,000,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 3, Mr. Clark faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Columbus Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Williams. 

Indictment #13 

ARRINGTON CULPEPPER, 33, of Columbus, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Culpepper faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Community Supervision and the Columbus Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Williams.

Indictment #14

CALVIN AMOS, 35, of Albany, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

2) Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

3) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

4) Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Offense

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Amos faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Amos faces a maximum of five (5) years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted on Count 3, Mr. Amos faces ten (10) years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted on Count 4, Mr. Amos faces five (5) years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Crane.

Indictment #15 

DADGE PARRISH, 32, of Columbus, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax

2) Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

3) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Parrish faces a maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Parrish faces a mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of five (5) years with a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 3, Mr. Parrish faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Georgia State Patrol. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amelia G. Helmick.

Indictment #16 

JOSHUA WAYNE COKER, 37, of Hartwell, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

2) Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Coker faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine, or both. If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Coker faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, consecutive to any time imposed for Count 1, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hartwell Sheriff’s Office, with collaboration from Parks White, District Attorney for the Northern Judicial Circuit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett.

Indictment #17

IDRIS SHAMSID-DEEN, 32, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Person who has been Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence 

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Shamsid-Deen faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Will R. Keyes.

Indictment #18 

BRANDON WILLIAMS, 25, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

2) Simple Possession of a Controlled Substance

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Williams faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.  If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Williams faces a maximum sentence of one (1) year in prison, a $1,000 minimum fine, or both. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Will R. Keyes.

Indictment #19 

RONNIE LEE HUGHES, 38, of Griffin, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon 

If convicted, Mr. Hughes faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.  

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul McCommon. 

Indictment #20 

TYLAUN RASHARD MULLINS, 19, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Theft of a Firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee

2) Possession of a Stolen Firearm

CHRISTIAN JABARI BLACK, 19, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Theft of a Firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee

JACQUES STEWART, 20, of Macon, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Theft of a Firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Mullins, Mr. Black and Mr. Stewart face a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both. If convicted on Count 2, Mr. Mullins faces the same additional penalties. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul McCommon.

Indictment #21 

ISAIAH WALKER, 34, of Valdosta, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Walker faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both.  

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers.

Indictment #22 

DAVEY BARGE, JR., 37, of Moultrie, Georgia is charged with the following:

1) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

If convicted on Count 1, Mr. Barge faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both.  

The case was investigated by the Moultrie Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers.

Questions concerning this release should 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Immigration
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated January 18, 2019