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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 22, 2018

Two Brunswick Men Sentenced To Serve More Than a Decade in Prison for Distributing Kilogram Quantities of Cocaine

BRUNSWICK, GA: Rafeal Lateef Baker, also known as “Channel 4,” age 43, of Brunswick, Georgia, was sentenced to more than 16 years’ imprisonment, and Kenneth Anthony Moore, also known as “Smooth,” age 48, of Freeport, Texas, was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. 

The prosecution of Baker and Moore was part of “Operation Bloody Prince,” an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation targeting gang activity and drug trafficking in and around Brunswick.  Baker and Moore were among over twenty defendants in the Brunswick area convicted in this operation.  The OCDETF Program is the centerpiece of the United States Attorney General's drug strategy to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations.

The evidence at their sentencing hearings established that beginning in or about 2014, Baker purchased kilogram quantities of cocaine from Moore, who was residing at the time in Freeport, Texas, and that Baker then distributed that cocaine in and around Brunswick, Georgia.  Baker and Moore took various steps to arrange the shipment of approximately 2 kilograms of cocaine per trip, from Texas to Georgia, and engaged in a variety of activities to evade detection by law enforcement. In all, the amount kilograms totaled a conservative 40 kilos of cocaine.

“Criminal street gangs and illegal drug distribution networks take note: you will be given no quarter in the Southern District of Georgia!” states Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “Side by side with the FBI and our law enforcement partners in coastal Georgia, we will pursue you until you are brought to justice.”

 “The fact that Baker and Moore will no longer be on the streets bringing drugs into our community and threatening our citizens is a direct result of the collaborative efforts of the FBI and its partners who are part of the FBI’s Coastal Georgia Safe Streets Gang Task Force,” said J. C. Hacker, Acting Special Agent in Charge (A/SAC) of the FBI Atlanta field office. “This is an example of our commitment to invest significant resources toward dismantling these types of criminal enterprises that do so much harm to our communities.”

The investigation of Baker and Moore and Atkinson was led by the FBI’s Coastal Georgia Violent Gang Task Force, the Glynn County Police Department, and the Brunswick Police Department, with assistance from the FBI in Houston, as well as the Houston Police Department.  For any questions, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (912) 652-4422.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 25, 2018