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

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Operation 'Third Time's a Charm' rounds up 14 indictments for crack cocaine distribution in Cuyler-Brownsville

Investigations continue to clean up historic Savannah neighborhood

SAVANNAH, GA – A series of indictments have charged 14 defendants with dealing crack cocaine in the historic Cuyler-Brownsville community.

The indictments, for charges ranging from conspiracy to possess crack cocaine to illegal firearms possession, were handed down in U.S. District Court shortly after final sentencings from a previous sweep of the neighborhood, announced Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Several of the defendants in Operation Third Time’s a Charm are alleged to have affiliation with the “Rollin’ 60s Crips,” a violent street gang associated with the national Crips criminal organization.

The investigation is a cooperative effort of the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Savannah Police Department Strategic Investigations Unit (SIU), the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They are part of continuing multi-agency investigations that began more than two years ago in response to complaints from neighborhood residents about frequent gunfire, violent crime and drug sales in CBV.  

The charges are contained in a series of seven federal indictments and include:

Isaac Young, a/k/a “Ike,” 37, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Distribution of Crack Cocaine, and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm;

Mario Wallace, 31, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Distribution of Crack Cocaine, and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm;

Jamarae Campbell, 28, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Distribution of Crack Cocaine, and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm;

Brooks Williams, 35, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Distribution of Crack Cocaine, and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm;

Charles Steplight, a/k/a “Beefy,” 27, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Eddie Robertson, 29, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Eric Davis, 27, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Luther Ruth, 29, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Emonde Polite, 27, charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Jadontay Polite, 26, Charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Shawn Jivens, a/k/a “Puffy,” 39, charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Arsenio Robinson, 29, charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine;

Marvin Smith, 55, charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine; and,

Corey Washington, a/k/a “Corey Outkast’d Mushin,” 31, charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

“Our federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors continue to target violent crime and drug distribution networks that threaten our communities,” said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “As these indictments demonstrate, last year’s announcement of major arrests in CBV wasn’t the end of those efforts; it was just the beginning – and we won’t stop until every law-abiding resident is free from fear.”

“ATF considers Savannah Police Department a critical partner in its long-term mission of removing violent criminals and narcotics traffickers from our communities,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant United States Attorneys Frank Pennington and Joe McCool are prosecuting the cases for the United States. 

This investigation took place under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer.

An indictment contains only charges. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Contact: 
For any questions, please contact Barry Paschal at (912) 652-4422.
Press Release Number: 
09-19
Updated February 1, 2019