SAVANNAH, GA. - Andre Jamaal Guyton, of Ludowici, Georgia, was sentenced by District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. to 210 months imprisonment following his conviction on two counts of distributing controlled substances in Liberty County. The case was tried before Judge Moore on October 13, 2010, and he announced the sentence on February 4, 2011. The evidence at trial showed that Guyton distributed ecstasy and cocaine in September 2009.
The prosecution of Guyton resulted from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Multi-Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force (M.A.C.E.) for Liberty and Long Counties, under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) initiative which targets the most significant drug trafficking organizations in the Southern District of Georgia. Cases against several related defendants in the investigation had been resolved earlier in the United States District Court.
Notable among these were James Gary Blagmon, of Walthourville, Georgia, who was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment on April 21, 2010, for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and Paul Simmons of Hinesville, Georgia, who was sentenced on April 8, 2010, to 60 months imprisonment for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.
“This investigation demonstrates the effectiveness of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program in encouraging cooperation between federal, state and local agencies. I am particularly pleased that the FBI and DEA were able to assist the hardworking investigators of the M.A.C.E. Drug Task Force in making successful cases against Mr. Guyton and his related defendants,” said United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver. “Cooperation is an essential component of efforts by law enforcement in disrupting drug organizations that seek to operate in communities throughout the Southern District of Georgia.” Tarver also commended the agents and officers who made this prosecution successful.
The case against Guyton was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karl Knoche. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney 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.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.