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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Griffin Men Indicted On Federal Gun Dealing Charges

ATLANTA - Rashard Jones, Octavious Hasting, Xzavius Ogletree, Tony Anthony Goodman, David Combs, Demetrice Coggins, and Shedrick Howard have been charged in two separate federal indictments with illegal firearms dealing, possession of firearms by convicted felons, illegal possession of “sawed-off” shotguns and rifles, and distribution of narcotics. 

“These indictments, which are the result of an undercover investigation, highlight the commitment of federal and local law enforcement to work together to address the problem of illegal guns and drugs in our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn.

“This enforcement action is the product of collaborative efforts on the part of ATF, the Griffin Police Department, and other local and federal law enforcement partners aimed at eliminating perpetrators of violent crime,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker.  “ATF will continue to dedicate our resources in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to target violent criminal activity within the communities we serve.”

“I am appreciative of the cooperation between the police department and ATF,” said Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton.  “As a result of this investigation, we were able to remove several dangerous people and illegal weapons from our community.”

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court:  After learning that several Griffin men were allegedly involved in the illegal sales of firearms, ATF and the Griffin Police Department launched an investigation.  This investigation led to the identification of two groups of defendants who allegedly were involved in the illegal sales of firearms and narcotics. Each of the defendants is a convicted felon and as a result was prohibited by federal law from possessing a gun, including unregistered “sawed-off” shotguns and rifles, in violation of the National Firearms Act.

Rashard Jones, Octavious Hastings, and Xzavius Ogletree are charged in one indictment with illegal firearms dealing.  Defendant Jones allegedly sold guns directly to a confidential informant in addition to serving as a middle man between the confidential informant and Octavious Hastings and Xzavius Ogletree.  In total, the defendants allegedly sold and possessed seven different firearms, including five hand guns, an assault rifle, and a shotgun -- many of which had previously been reported stolen.  In addition to dealing in firearms, Defendant Jones is charged with distribution of cocaine.

A second indictment charges Tony Goodman, David Combs, Demetrice Coggins, and Shedrick Howard with illegal firearms dealing. Tony Goodman, aided and abetted by Demetrice Coggins, Combs, and Howard, allegedly was involved in the sale of ten different firearms including three “sawed-off” shotguns and a “sawed-off” rifle.  Howard allegedly sold nine different firearms including a “sawed-off” shotgun.  In total, the defendants allegedly sold and possessed 22 firearms, many of which had previously been reported stolen.  Goodman and Howard are also individually charged with the distribution of MDMA.

All of the defendants listed below are from Griffin, Georgia:

  • Rashard Jones, a/k/a Bulldog, 26;

  • Octavious Hasting, a/k/a Tay Lay, 29;

  • Xzavius Ogletree, a/k/a Zay, 35;

  • Tony Anthony Goodman, 50;

  • David Combs, a/k/a Bishop, 24;

  • Demetrice Coggins, a/k/a Meechie, 37;

  • Shedrick Howard, a/k/a Petro, 24.

Ogletree, Combs, and Coggins were arraigned before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Janet F. King on March 18, 2015.  Goodman was arraigned before Judge King on March 20, 2015.  After detention hearings, Ogletree, Combs, Coggins, and Goodman were detained pending trial.  Jones, Hastings, and Howard are awaiting arraignment.  All were indicted by a federal grand jury in two separate indictments on March 4, 2015.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Griffin Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew S. Carrico is prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Newnan Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/.

Updated April 8, 2015