Leader of Multi-Kilo Meth Distribution Ring Pleads Guilty, 16 Co-Defendants Admit Guilt Resulting from OCDETF Investigation
MACON, Ga. – Multiple defendants connected to a methamphetamine trafficking ring centered in Milledgeville, Georgia, that was responsible for distributing a total of five kilograms of methamphetamine pleaded guilty to their crimes recently resulting from an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation.
Jarvis Havior aka “J Bo,” 31, of Milledgeville, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Feb. 16 before U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell. Havior faces a minimum of ten years in prison to a maximum of life imprisonment to be followed by at least five years of supervised release and a $10,000,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for May 3.
“Through the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, law enforcement agents coordinated a successful take-down of a drug trafficking network pushing high volumes of methamphetamine into the Milledgeville area,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “Local, state and federal law enforcement are helping us hold those distributing large quantities of the most deadly and addictive illegal drugs accountable at the federal level.”
“Those who distribute methamphetamine pose a grave danger to the community. These traffickers can no longer deliver dangerous drugs on the streets and must now face the consequences of their actions,” said Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division.
“The dangers associated with meth remain one of the most significant drug threats facing our community,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “With the help of our federal, state and local partners, this is a significant amount of poison that will not make it into our communities, driving crime and violence.”
“Illegal drugs are dangerous and threaten the safety of Georgia communities. The GBI is committed to getting these drugs off the streets by bringing to justice all those that take part in the illegal drug trade, from the supplier down to the dealer,” said GBI Director Mike Register.
According to court documents, agents with DEA, GBI and the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force (OCDETF) received credible information in June 2020 from multiple confidential sources that Havior was leading a multi-kilogram methamphetamine distribution ring operating in the Milledgeville community. A subsequent investigation determined the location of distribution “trap” houses and “stash” houses for bulk narcotics and cash that Havior and his criminal associates maintained.
On April 5, 2021, agents determined that Havior was going to replenish his methamphetamine supply at a location in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he had previously traveled to for suspected drug re-supply runs. Agents observed Havior meet a man at a Publix parking lot in Stone Mountain and receive a fully laden green Publix bag. Havior traveled to a restaurant in Covington, Georgia, and gave the bag to co-defendant Anrico Taylor. Both defendants departed the restaurant in their respective vehicles and traffic stops were conducted on them in Baldwin County, Georgia. Taylor attempted to flee with the Publix bag, ripping apart several smaller bags of methamphetamine as he ran from officers, amounting to approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine spread on the ground. In total, four kilograms of methamphetamine was found inside the green Publix bag. In all, the drug trafficking ring is responsible for distributing at least five kilograms of methamphetamine.
The following co-defendants entered guilty pleas and will be sentenced at a later date:
The following co-defendants remain at large and are charged with the following crimes:
An indictment is merely an accusation of a crime; any and all defendants remain innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.
Individuals with information regarding the whereabouts of Turner, Canela and Bentley can contact the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office at (770) 216-3000 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
This case is being investigated by DEA, FBI, GBI, Ocmulgee Drug Task Force, Baldwin County Sherriff’s Office, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Corrections, Milledgeville Community Supervision Office, Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office, Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta-Carolina’s HIDTA Office and Gwinnett Metro Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Kalim is prosecuting the case.