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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Brunswick Resident Sentenced in “21 Jump Street” Investigation

Brunswick, GA- Joseph Mincey, 28, of Brunswick, Georgia, was sentenced today in federal court by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 6 years in prison on drug trafficking and firearms related charges. Mincey previously pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute and to possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.


According to evidence presented during Mincey’s guilty plea and sentencing hearings, investigators of the Glynn-Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team (GBNET) initiated an investigation to identify individuals dealing drugs at a local public high school. As part of the investigation, a young looking undercover police officer was introduced into the high school, posing as a student. Mincey was later identified as a dealer of cocaine and marijuana. In November and December of 2015, Mincey sold the undercover officer cocaine, believing the officer to be a high school student. Mincey’s grandmother, who faced State drug charges, assisted in several of the drug transactions. On the date of Mincey’s arrest in January of 2016, law enforcement seized 2 loaded firearms, $2,300 in cash, several pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and other drug trafficking supplies.


U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said, “It can’t get any worse than a drug dealer and his grandmother selling poison in our schools. It is unfortunate that the life lessons learned by this Defendant led him to a 7-year federal prison sentence.” Tarver mentioned that there is no parole in the federal system.


The investigation of this case was conducted by the GBNET and the ATF. Assistant United States Attorney E. Gregory Gilluly prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For questions, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated January 23, 2017