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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Final Defendant Sentenced In Statesboro Area Drug Trafficking Organization

STATESBORO, GA: Mark A. Green, 45, a citizen of Jamaica living in Statesboro, was sentenced earlier this week by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 11 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking organization operating out of Evans, Tattnall, Camden and Bulloch Counties, Georgia, and elsewhere.  A list of others convicted and sentenced in the case is included below.  Chief Judge Wood also ordered that Green be delivered to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings upon completion of his prison sentence.

Evidence presented during numerous guilty plea and sentencing hearings revealed that Green was the leader of an organization that supplied multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine to various individuals in the Evans, Tattnall, Camden and Bulloch County areas between 2012 and 2015.  Several wiretaps were obtained which helped identify the members of the drug conspiracy and led to the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “This case provides another example of the outstanding results achieved when federal and state law enforcements partner together to investigate and prosecute large-scale drug trafficking organizations.  If you push poison in our communities, you can expect to spend years in a federal prison.” 

Green was the eighth defendant to be sentenced for his role in the drug ring. Defendant Tyrone Scott remains a fugitive.  The other defendants convicted and sentenced are:

Olaudah McKenzie, 37, of Claxton, sentenced to 169 months in prison;

Stephen Cummings, 34, of Glennville, sentenced to 156 months in prison;

Janario Smokes, 30, of Ellabell, sentenced to 151 months in prison;

Almonta Montez Moore, 37, of Claxton, sentenced to 92 months in prison;

Andrew Leadbeter, 48, of Statesboro, sentenced to 64 months in prison;

Xavier Mikell, 27, of Claxton, sentenced to 41 months in prison; and,

Ainsley Clark, 49, of Claxton, sentenced to 31 months in prison.

The case was investigated by the DEA and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the United States Marshal Service.  Assistant United States Attorneys Charlie Bourne and Tania Groover prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 19, 2016