Four Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms for Their Roles in
APR 16 -- AUGUSTA, GA – Brian Christopher HARRIS, 28, of Augusta; Marsignor Cornelius WHITE, 26, of Augusta; Derrick D. KING, 32, of Millegeville, Georgia; and Jaimere PROSSER, 27, of Newark, New Jersey, were sentenced this week by United States District Judge J. Randal Hall, to serve prison terms of 14 years or more in federal prison on charges of drug trafficking.
United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “These defendants directly participated in the distribution of significant quantities of cocaine throughout the Augusta area. These sentences demonstrate that those who distribute cocaine and other dangerous drugs in our communities will serve long prison sentences.”
HARRIS was sentenced to more than 14 years (175 months) in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. WHITE was sentenced to more than 15 years (188 months) in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. KING was sentenced to more than 18 years (220 months) in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. PROSSER was sentenced to 25 years (300 months) in prison to be followed by 8 years of supervised release.
United States Attorney Tarver noted that these sentences relate to a 14-month federal investigation of a cocaine trafficking ring in the East Augusta area including Augusta’s Dogwood Terrace Public Housing Community. During the investigation, government agents seized significant quantities of crack and powder cocaine, nine firearms and over $55,000 in cash. The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force which consists of officers and agents from the FBI, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the United States Marshal’s Service also participated in the investigation.
Other defendants who pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing include: Reginald Darrell BEALE, 28, of Hephzibah, Georgia; Latria Grenise SMITH, 26, of Hephzibah; Mark JONES, 52, of Augusta; Sylvester Ruben LEWIS, 33, of Augusta; and Sequoyah ELAM, 28, of Lincolnton, Georgia.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nancy Greenwood and Charlie Bourne. For additional information, please contact First Assistant James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.
Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.