News Release
Date: February 14, 2012
Contact: Mia Ro, PIO
Number: 954-660-4602

Four Arrested On Cocaine Charges: Drugs, Guns, Cash, Vehicles, Boat Seized

FEB 14 (Panama City, FL) – Four alleged members of a cocaine distribution conspiracy from Panama City Florida and Jackson, Mississippi have been arrested and charged by criminal complaint in the Northern District of Florida. The arrests were announced this morning by Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, following the filing of a complaint before United States Magistrate Judge Larry A. Bodiford.

The complaint charges that Freddie Lee Christopher Knowles, IV, 26, and John Jerome Fagin, 29, from the greater Panama City area along with Candis Marshae Walker, 24, and David Isaac Rucker,

23, from Jackson, Mississippi were involved in a conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine in Florida and elsewhere. The complaint further alleges that the conspiracy began as early as September 2011 and continued until their arrests on Sunday and Monday of this week. During the arrests and execution of three search warrants, investigators seized over five kilograms of cocaine, in excess of $125,000, four firearms, three vehicles and a 23 foot boat. Additional arrests are anticipated.

The complaint results from an investigation by agents of the DEA in Panama City and Jackson; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; the Panama City Police Department; the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

If convicted at trial, all defendants face up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release, up to a $10,000,000 fine on the count charged in the criminal complaint. Additional charges are anticipated.

A criminal complaint is merely a preliminary allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless the government proves their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury at trial.