West Georgia Man, Under Investigation for Allegations of Drugging Women, Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing 26 Firearms
MACON, Ga. – Nine individuals were taken into custody today and are facing federal charges from an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) into a group of alleged drug traffickers in Houston and Bibb Counties. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.
Federal arrest warrants were executed in Warner Robins, Georgia, and elsewhere, today resulting from a federal indictment returned on Nov. 16, charging the following individuals:
The charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a mandatory minimum of five years up to a maximum life sentence and a $250,000 fine;
The charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine;
The charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession of methamphetamine each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years up to a maximum life sentence and a $10,000,000 fine;
The charge of distribution of cocaine base carries a maximum sentence of twenty years and a $1,000,000 fine; and,
The charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to a maximum sentence of 40 years and a $5,000,000 fine.
Initial appearances for the defendants occurred today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles H. Weigle.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case is an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation conducted by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF), United States Marshals Service (USMS), the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office, the Bibb County Sherriff’s Office, and the Warner Robins Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Kalim is prosecuting the case.