Defendants Charged with Drug Trafficking, Weapons and
JUL 12 -- SAVANNAH, GA - Two federal indictments, today unsealed in federal court, have charged 32 defendants with a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine in Georgia and California. Several of the defendants have also been charged with conspiring to launder the proceeds of their drug activities and with weapons charges.
The indictments follow a six-month Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into drug trafficking activities within Savannah, Atlanta and Los Angeles, California. Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Chatham County Counter-Narcotics Team (CNT) conducted the joint investigation. The investigation culminated in federal and state arrest and search warrants being executed on May 11, 2010 and July 7, 2010 in Savannah, Atlanta and California. During the investigation, agents seized drug proceeds, vehicles, guns and drugs, including the May 11 th seizure of two one-hundred pound bales of marijuana intended for sale in the Savannah area.
United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “This prosecution shows the level of coordination and resources required by law enforcement on the state, regional and national levels to put large scale illegal narcotics trafficking operations out of business. The United States Attorney’s Office and its state and federal partners will continue its efforts to shut down those large operations responsible for supplying street level drug traffickers.”
The 32 defendants indicted on federal charges include:
MORRIS ALVIN GWEH, 46, Beverly Hills, CA,
LARRY GREEN, 36, Atlanta, GA,
JOSH VARNER, 31, Savannah, GA,
HEZEKIAH MURDOCK, 30, Savannah, GA,
AL WELCH, 32, Savannah, GA,
VERONICA AMABILE, 19, Hilton Head, SC,
JASON GLOVER, 31, Ellabell, GA,
DEREK GOLDEN, 30, Atlanta, GA,
RASHON GREEN, 29, Savannah, GA,
BRIAN HALL, 29, Savannah, GA,
JOHNNY HANDS, 29, Savannah, GA,
JEREMY HARRIS, 29, Savannah, GA,
DERRICK JOHNSON, 31, Savannah, GA,
ANDRE JERMAINE MINCEY, 36, Savannah, GA,
MIGUEL NARVAEZ, 45, Savannah, GA,
MICHAEL QUARTERMAN, 33, Savannah, GA,
VINCENT ROBINSON, 29, Savannah, GA,
DEAUNTRY SMALLS, 31, (NO ADDRESS),
MATTHEW STRICKLAND, 27, Savannah, GA,
JERMAINE TANDY, 28, Savannah, GA,
CLIFFORD WASHINGTON, 30, Savannah, GA,
KYLE HUTCHINSON, 25, Savannah, GA,
LEVON ALLEN, 31, Savannah, GA,
LAWSON ANDERSON, 24, Savannah, GA,
TERRY DAMON, 27, Savannah, GA,
STEVEN DENT, 43, Savannah, GA,
CARLOS ERVIN, 31, Savannah, GA,
JASON HARRISON, 36, Hinesville, GA,
AMBER HAUPT, 22, Savannah, GA,
KASEY HUTCHINSON, 23, Savannah, GA,
ALPHONSO OLIVER, 27, Savannah, GA, and
STACEY MAURICE POWELL, 37, Hardeeville, SC.
Mr. Tarver noted that 17 additional defendants were indicted in Chatham County Superior Court on related state drug charges.
Mr. Tarver stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The Defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant United States Attorneys James D. Durham and Carlton R. Bourne are prosecuting the case for the United States.
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.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.