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Burke County man sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for operating illegal pill factory

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia
Codefendant awaits sentencing after also pleading guilty

AUGUSTA, GA:  A Burke County man who admitted to operating an illegal pill factory has been sentenced to prison, and his codefendant also has pled guilty.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall sentenced Telly Savalas Carswell, 47, of Midville, Ga., to 168 months in prison after Carswell pled guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and To Distribute Methamphetamine, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.  After completion of his prison term, Carswell will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Carswell’s codefendant, Cedrick Gabriel Brown, a/k/a “Pop,” 47, also of Midville, awaits sentencing after also pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Methamphetamine.

“Drug traffickers like Carswell and Brown prey on rural communities, spreading poison for profit,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “Vigilant law enforcement makes our neighborhoods safer when it identifies and shuts down these illegal markets.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation of Carswell and Brown in January 2020 after tracking the delivery of a commercial pill press to their residence. With assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, DEA agents searched the home on May 7, 2020, and found the pill press, along with methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs; nearly $9,000 in cash; and paraphernalia related to drug manufacturing and trafficking.

Both Carswell and Brown have extensive criminal records, including state convictions for drug trafficking offenses.

“DEA and its law enforcement partners worked jointly to shut down the drug trafficking activities of this poisonous pill peddler,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division. “Mr. Carswell’s drug trafficking activities posed a significant threat to the quality of life in the Burke County community and his sentencing makes this community a safer place today.”

The case is being investigated by the DEA and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Josephson. 


Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422

Updated May 10, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 71-21