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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 16, 2018

Ten Indicted And Arrested On Federal Firearms And Narcotics Violations In Sweep

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Schmidt announce that the ten defendants listed below have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Macon and have been arrested during a multi-agency operation.

DOVORRIS JORDAN, aged 31, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, if convicted.

CLINT WALKER, aged 35, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute (Count 1), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 2), and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence (Count 3).  If convicted, Mr. Walker faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10 million fine, or both, on Count 1; 10 years, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count 2; and life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count 3.

RODNEY BURKE, aged 55, of Mauk, GA, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute (Count 1) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 2).  Mr. Burke is charged as an Armed Career Criminal and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in Federal prison with a maximum of life imprisonment, a $5 million fine, or both, if convicted.

REGINALD MILLER, aged 27, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  If convicted, Mr. Miller faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

EDWARD WALKER, aged 35, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, if convicted. 

LORENZO TATUM, aged 32, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $1 million fine, or both, if convicted. 

DEVANTE PATTERSON, aged 24, of Columbus, is charged with Theft from a Federal Firearms Licensee (Count 1) and Possession of Stolen Firearms (Count 2) and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count, if convicted. 

ANDRE HENDRICKS was indicted on March 14, 2018 for Possession of Cocaine Base with Intent to Distribute (Count 1), Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute (Count 2), Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute (Count 3), Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (Count 4), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 5), and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence (Count 6). He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1 Million fine, or both, if convicted.

LORENZO CRAWFORD, aged 35, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 1), Possession of Marijuana (Count 2) and Possession of Methamphetamine (Count 3) and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in Federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, if convicted. 

WATKINS BROWN, aged 24, of Columbus, GA, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 1) and Possession of a Stolen Firearm (Count 2).  Mr. Brown faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count, if convicted. 

The operation was conducted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood, which is designed to reduce violent crime through forming partnerships between federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutors. Those participating in this joint effort include the Columbus Police Department; Muscogee County District Attorney’s Office; Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Probation; Georgia Department of Community Supervision and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael T. Solis, Crawford Seals, and Melvin E. Hyde, Jr. are prosecuting the cases for the United States.

An arrest and an indictment are only allegations of criminal conduct.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.  

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 18, 2018