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Friday, February 8, 2013

Leader Of Vidalia Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison

SAVANNAH, GA: MARCUS ANTIWAN DICKERSON, aka “DAWG,” 35, a native of Vidalia, was sentenced Monday by Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield to 25 years in prison for his role in a large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in the Vidalia, Georgia area.. 

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “Illegal drugs are not only a problem in Georgia, they are a plague on our entire nation.  This Defendant was an enormous threat to the South Georgia communities that he targeted.  Those who peddle and profit from this scourge in our communities can expect to spend decades in federal prison.”
DICKERSON  received the heftiest sentence of 15 defendants charged together in a 55-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in January 2012.  All 15 defendants pleaded guilty and received an average sentence of over 11 years in prison.  The convictions resulted from a two-year investigation conducted by DEA, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force (ECGDTF).

According to the evidence presented during several guilty plea and sentencing hearings, DICKERSON led an organization that distributed powder and crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on a large scale in Toombs, Emanuel, Bulloch, Montgomery, and Treutlen Counties.  Most of the cocaine which the organization distributed was obtained by DICKERSON in the Atlanta area, where he also maintained a residence.  At the time of the offenses, DICKERSON had absconded from supervision by Georgia Department of Corrections parole for a prior cocaine trafficking sentence in 2002.  In the federal system, there is no parole.
            In addition to DICKERSON, the other Defendants convicted and sentenced as part of this prosecution included:

            Tyson Lamar Davis, 29, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 230 months in prison;
            Eric Stephon McClendon, 35, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 235 months in prison;
            Trenton Arlanda Kinsey, 30, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 78 months in prison;
            Dexter Jamaal Fields, 25, Mount Vernon, Georgia, was sentenced to 63 months in prison;
            Eddie Littles III, 32, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 188 months in prison;
            Terry Powell, 27, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 148 months in prison;
            Ricardo Marquis Davis, 30, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 168 months in prison;
            Isaac Hurst, Jr., 25, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 63 months in prison;
            Alvin C. Hamilton, Jr., 37, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 225 months in prison;
            Zikomo Taheam Bostic, 28, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 96 months in prison;
            Colby Terrell Williams, 28, Swainsboro, Georgia, was sentenced to 64 months in prison;
            Bobby Lewis Day, 33, Lyons, Georgia, was sentenced to 73 months in prison;
            Matthew Dontel Hill, 29, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 27 months in prison; and,
            Kaneesha Lashay Simpson, 22, Vidalia, Georgia, was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cameron Heaps Ippolito.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 13, 2015