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

Friday, March 30, 2018

Local Minister Sentenced To Ten Years for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

SAVANNAH, GA: United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine announces the sentence of local minister Cedric Manior (44) of Rincon, Georgia, who was sentenced today to 10 years of incarceration by United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.  Manior was convicted last August of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Crack Cocaine and to being a Felon in Possession of Firearms.

Evidence presented in court filings and at sentencing revealed that Cedric Manior, also known as “Preacher Man,” a minister of New Beginnings International Outreach Ministry, was involved in a major drug trafficking organization that sold cocaine and crack cocaine in the Southern District of Georgia and elsewhere.  Manior stored and sold drugs from his home located in Rincon, Georgia.  Manior also directed his adult son, Cameron Edwards, to sell illegal drugs on his behalf. 

In January 2017, Chatham County Narcotics Team (CNT) agents, along with the Savannah Chatham SWAT team executed a search warrant at Manior’s residence in Rincon, Georgia.  Agents seized marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription medication, drug scales, drug manufacturing and distribution tools, heat-sealing machine, baggies, beakers, body armor, cash, twenty (20) firearms, AR-style magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.  On his bed, next to his bible, agents found a loaded semi-automatic pistol.  Near his church robe, agents found a Tec 9, assault semi-automatic style pistol with an extended magazine that is capable of holding over 15 rounds of ammunition.  Drug trafficking supplies and firearms were located throughout the residence.  Many of the weapons were stolen.  Manior was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because he was previously convicted of six (6) prior felony convictions for felonies committed on six separated dates.

United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine states: “Cedric Manior received a message from the United States government that nobody is above the law.  Our office is committed to working with local and federal law enforcement to dismantle criminal organizations and to sentence drug dealers to real time in prison.”

Upon release from federal prison, Manior will be on court supervision for three years.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Manior is one of over twenty (20) defendants who have been convicted in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation.  In this investigation, agents have seized kilograms of cocaine, pounds of marijuana, dozens of firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars.  This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Counter Narcotics Team (CNT), the Savannah Police Department, Garden City Police Department, Effingham Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the United States Marshals Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Greg Gilluly, Jr. For any questions, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (912) 652-4422.


Updated April 2, 2018