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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Leader Of Laurens County Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To Over 12 Years In Federal Prison

DUBLIN, GA - Michael Derrick Goins, 44, from Miami, Florida was sentenced on last month by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen to 151 months in prison following his conviction on a drug trafficking charge. Goins was one of 10 defendants charged and convicted in the United States District Court in an indictment involving a large drug-trafficking organization operating in Laurens County.

United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “The persons indicted in this case exploited their ties to the local area to establish a flourishing drug business. In 2013 alone, this organization trafficked about 15 kilograms of cocaine and caused all the attendant misery which follows the drug trade. The dismantling of this organization sends an important message about the consequences of dealing drugs in the Southern District of Georgia. I am pleased that the DEA and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office formed a very effective partnership to dismantle this organization. This type of cooperation is promoted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, the keystone drug enforcement program of the Department of Justice.”

In addition to Goins, the other Defendants convicted and sentenced as part of this prosecution included:

Andre Colita Wright, 40, Dublin, Georgia, 120 months in prison;

Christopher Derrick Duty, 36, Dublin, Georgia, 36 months in prison

Brady Jerome Linton, 31, Dublin, Georgia, 78 months in prison

Anatay Sxlesyll Kyler, 36, Dublin, Georgia, 71 months in prison;

Jerome Kellam, 38, Dublin, Georgia, 30 months in prison;

Christopher Paul Willis, 36, Dublin, Georgia, 39 months in prison;

Luther Hurst, 52, Dublin, Georgia, 5 years of probation;

Derrick Bernard Moye; 35, Dublin, Georgia, 50 months in prison; and

Verdell Goins, Jr. 45, Dublin, Georgia, 41 months in prison.

The Goins prosecution resulted from a lengthy investigation conducted by members of the DEA, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshal’s Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karl Knoche. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated June 4, 2015