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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Op Wu Block Defendants Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Meth

MACON – Three defendants guilty of distributing methamphetamine in the Northeast Georgia region, arrested during the large-scale “Operation Wu Block” investigation, were sentenced to federal prison Tuesday, said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal sentenced Jennifer Gee, 33, of Athens-Clarke County to 120 months in prison and three years of supervised release; Latasha Bishop, 33, of Athens-Clarke County to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release; and Angela Fain, 48, of  Franklin County, Georgia to 24 months of prison and three years supervised release. All three defendants previously entered guilty pleas in separate cases to one count possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. There is no parole in the federal system.

“Criminals caught pushing methamphetamine in our communities are facing the possibility of federal prosecution and federal prison, where there is no parole,” said U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler. “I want to commend our law enforcement partners who make up the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for working relentlessly to unravel meth distribution enterprises in the Middle District of Georgia.”

“Operation Wu Block” is a multi-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Macon Resident Office, FBI Middle Georgia Safe Streets Gang Task Force, Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Hart County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Corrections and Northeast Regional Drug Task Force in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia. “Operation Wu Block” resulted in the seizure of more than 58 kilograms of methamphetamine, more than two kilograms of heroin, 31 firearms and $56,000.

“Operation Wu Block” is part of the larger “Operation Crystal Shield,” a national DEA operation first announced on February 20, 2020 during a press conference in Atlanta. The investigation is focused on eight main methamphetamine trafficking transportation hubs across the nation, including Atlanta. Both are on-going operations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett is prosecuting cases arising from this investigation 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 September 23, 2020