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Drug Enforcement Administration

Atlanta

Robert J. Murphy, Jr., Special Agent in Charge

January 15, 2020

Contact: Chuvalo Truesdell

Phone Number: (571) 362-3517

More than two dozen defendants charged in major gang-related drug trafficking indictment

‘Operation Ace in the Hole’ targeted middle Georgia drug conspiracy

STATESBORO, Ga. – A major investigation targeting an expansive, gang-related drug trafficking ring operating in Georgia has resulted in a 61-count indictment naming 26 defendants on federal charges.

Indictments in Operation Ace in the Hole were returned under seal in U.S. District Court in Statesboro, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine. After the indictments were unsealed, the charges were announced in a news conference at the Toombs County Courthouse. Additional defendants face state charges in the investigation.

“These notorious gang-related drug dealers distributed poison to the community and caused fear through means of violence and intimidation,” said DEA Atlanta Division Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Murphy. “Step by step, the government disrupted and dismantled this once-thriving criminal network. This effort would not have been successful without the spirited level of cooperation between DEA, its federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts, and the subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

“With leaders that included a regional boss of the Gangster Disciples, this drug trafficking organization was a major source of illicit narcotics, gang violence and illegal guns throughout the Toombs County area and beyond,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “Our brave local, state and federal law enforcement partners pursued this conspiracy tirelessly for more than a year, and our office’s prosecution of these charges will be just as relentless.”

Investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, working with federal and local law enforcement agencies, started the investigation in August 2018 in response to increasing gang violence and drug-related activities in the Vidalia, Ga., area. The investigation identified Deltinaud Toussaint, aka “Black,” aka “Tino,” aka “Tino Black,” 44, of Vidalia, as the primary supplier of the organization’s narcotics – including methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA or “Ecstasy,” and marijuana – through connections in Atlanta.

An alleged member of the conspiracy for whom the operation is named, Justin Adams, aka “Ace,” 39, of Vidalia, was identified as a regional leader of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang.

In June 2019, investigators executed search warrants at eight houses in Atlanta and Vidalia used for stashing or distributing narcotics, seizing more than two kilos of cocaine, four kilos of marijuana, half a kilo of methamphetamine, more than two kilos of MDMA, pints of codeine, 600 grams of Xanax, pill presses and surveillance equipment. The drugs were hidden in such items as children’s backpacks and baby-formula bottles. Investigators also seized 20 firearms, including a fully automatic machine gun and several assault-style rifles, a trove of gang-related documents, and approximately $49,000 in cash.

A full list of the defendants charged in the case follows. If convicted, each of the defendants faces a possible sentence of up to life in prison. 

 “The amazing work on 'Operation Ace in the Hole' demonstrates the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces model of prosecutor-led, intelligence driven, multi-agency investigative and prosecution strategy that proves effective against command and control elements of regional, national and international gangs,” said Adam W. Cohen, director of the OCDETF program for the U.S. Department of Justice.

“The confiscation of drugs, guns and money, and the removal of 26 defendants from the streets, will immediately make the citizens of Toombs County safer,” said FBI Atlanta Division Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker. “None of it would have been possible without the cooperative effort of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Our commitment to dismantling gangs that wreak havoc in our communities and endanger the people who live in them will never end.”

“This case is the product of a concerted collaborative effort on the part of ATF and its federal, state and local partners to target, investigate and eliminate the perpetrators of violent crime, to include eradicating criminal gang activity,” said ATF Atlanta Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Beau Kolodka. “This case is a great example of how you leverage law enforcement resources to target the offenders driving crime in Toombs County area and beyond.” 

“We are committed to working with our partners to get dangerous guns and drugs off the streets,” said Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “We will not allow gangs to continue to terrorize neighborhoods with hardworking citizens who want to raise their families in a safe environment.” 

Criminal indictments contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, the premier U.S. Department of Justice program to dismantle multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking organizations. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, the Lyons Police Department, the Oconee Drug Task Force and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys E. Greg Gilluly, Jr., and Joseph McCool.

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Those charged in the indictment of 'Operation Ace in the Hole' are:

Deltinaud Toussaint, aka “Black,” aka “Tino,” aka “Tino Black,” 44, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana; two counts of distribution of methamphetamine; two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine, alprazolam, codeine and marijuana;  two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and 17 counts of use of a communications facility;

Justin Adams, aka “Ace,” 39, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; four counts of distribution of cocaine; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;

Andre Jackson, aka “Dre,” 30, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; two counts of distribution of marijuana; two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana; and distribution of cocaine;

Monica Mitchell, 38, of East Point, Ga., charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; and conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms;

Daniel Asberry, 31, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; and two counts of use of a communications facility;

Ozell Johnson, aka “Bip,” 38, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine, alprazolam, codeine and marijuana; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; 

Laporshia Canty, 44, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine, alprazolam, codeine and marijuana; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; 

Stacy Tobler, Sr., aka “Turtle,” 46, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; distribution of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine, alprazolam, codeine and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and use of a communications facility;

Audrea Salem, 42, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and use of a communications facility;

Darryl Marcus Allen, aka “Twin,” 37, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; and distribution of cocaine;

Alonzo Roberts Jr., aka “Toot,” aka “Two,” 31, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine and marijuana; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime;

Taneka Warren, 29, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; and conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms;

Jermaine Bouie, aka “Dollar,” 29, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession with intent to distribute cocaine;

India Mitchell, aka “Shay,” 32, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine, alprazolam, codeine and marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime; and two counts of use of a communications facility;

Crystal Wheeler, 36, of Allenhurst, Ga., charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; and use of a communications facility;

Vincent Page, aka “VP,” 31, of Vidalia, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute oxycodone; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime;

Terry Williams, aka “Young Buck,” 31, of Mount Vernon, Ga., charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, crack cocaine and hydrocodone.

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