United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael J. Moore, today announced the convictions on Friday of three individuals in an insurance fraud scheme in federal court in Albany, Georgia, following a three and a half week long trial.
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GEORGIA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Cabela’s Outpost Store, a Federal Firearms Licensee located in Augusta, Ga. ATF is offering a reward in an amount up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward up to $5,000.
ATLANTA - Rashard Jones, Octavious Hasting, Xzavius Ogletree, Tony Anthony Goodman, David Combs, Demetrice Coggins, and Shedrick Howard have been charged in two separate federal indictments with illegal firearms dealing, possession of firearms by convicted felons, illegal possession of “sawed-off” shotguns and rifles, and distribution of narcotics.
ATLANTA - David Andres Perez-Pelaez, a/k/a Andres Zapata has been arraigned on federal charges of unlawfully exporting firearms and fraudulently shipping firearms to Medellin, Colombia, and possessing and disposing of stolen firearms, including a handgun stolen from the Clayton County Police Department. Perez-Pelaez was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 10, 2015.
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Javon Glen Britton, aged 34, of Sacramento, California, was sentenced on March 12, 2015 to serve a total of 138 months (11.5 years) in Federal prison for robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Marc T. Treadwell, United States District Court Judge, in Macon, Georgia.
United States Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that a federal grand jury returned a multiple count indictment in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Valdosta Division, charging Gregory Paige, also known as “Rudy,” aged 31, Dequaveous Lane, also known as “Quay,” aged 27, Kevin K. Deberry, also known as “Bear,” aged 29, John W. Wilcox, also known as “John Boy,” aged 40, Marion F. Deberry, also known as “Funk,” aged 37, Tony A.
Savannah, GA: Eric Arrana-Garcia, 39, a citizen of Mexico who previously lived in Blackshear, Georgia, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to 18 years in prison for his role in a meth conspiracy operating in southeast Georgia and elsewhere. Arrana-Garcia is the last defendant to be sentenced as part of “Operation Ice Breaker,” a joint federal and state investigation which targeted a drug trafficking ring with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
ATLANTA, GA – Eight drug traffickers have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
“These defendants thought that their drug trafficking operations would go unnoticed in Clayton County neighborhoods,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “They were wrong. Due to the outstanding efforts of DEA agents and their local law enforcement partners, these traffickers are off our streets and headed to federal prison.”
United States Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that a federal grand jury returned a two-count Indictment in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division, charging Steven Maurice McKinley, also known as “Stevo,” aged 21, of Athens, Georgia, with Attempt to Kill a Federal Officer (Count One) and Discharge and Use of a Firearm during a Federal Crime of Violence (Count Two).
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Montravis Luke, age 30, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to serve 12 years (144 months) in federal prison for conspiracy with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. The sentence was pronounced on August 7, 2014, in Albany, Georgia.
ATLANTA – Thirteen defendants, including nine former police officers, have been sentenced to federal prison this week for accepting thousands of dollars in cash payments to provide protection during staged drug deals that were part of a federal undercover operation.
ATLANTA - Woodrow Rudolph Dixon, Jr., and Cornelius Bernard Wilson each have been sentenced to federal prison for planning to rob a drug stash house while dressed as police officers.
“These two planned to conduct home invasions while impersonating police officers,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The safety of our citizens is a top priority for this office. Their removal from our community will make Atlanta safer.”
WAYCROSS, GA – Randy Strickland, 55, a former Pierce County, Georgia Deputy Sheriff, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge William T. Moore, Jr. to 93 months in federal prison for providing protection for drug traffickers.
STATESBORO, GA -- Robert Beecher, 60, from Reidsville, Georgia, was indicted in June by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah for possessing several firearms as a convicted felon. Beecher faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison if it is determined that he has three qualifying felony convictions and is classified as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law.
ATLANTA - Kevin S. Lahey has been sentenced to serve seven years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing seven firearms while being an unlawful user of controlled substances.
ATLANTA - Demetrius Pullins, who has been convicted multiple times for illegal possession of both firearms and drugs, has been sentenced to 21 years and ten months.
“Pullins’ armed drug dealing has plagued the community for many years,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Despite three prior felony convictions for drug trafficking spanning two decades, he was unrepentant. This sentence ends Pullins’ ability to sell drugs in our community.”
ATF K-9 Glow started her career with the Puppy Behind Bars organization. After completing the 16-week training program with ATF as an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC), K-9 Glow was assigned to work at the ATF Atlanta Field Division. Her job is to help ATF agents and local law enforcement find illegal explosives, firearms, and shell casings.
ATLANTA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division today announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the successful prosecution of persons involved in gang-related violent offenses, in addition to any gang-related activity, that has recently occurred in the Rome, Floyd County area.
ATLANTA - Radric Davis, a/k/a Gucci Mane, who is a previously convicted felon, has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun.
“Davis has a long history of violence and of illegally possessing and using guns," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This Office will prosecute those who illegally possess firearms, especially when, as Davis did, they have a history of violence and threaten others with firearms. Our priority is to take violent repeat offenders off our streets to build safer communities.”
CORNELIA, Ga. ? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Atlanta Field Division and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) ? the trade association for the firearms industry ? today announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Gene's Pawn Shop, a federal firearms licensee located in Cornelia, in Habersham County.
U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that Arthur Lee Clark, age 41, of Sumner, Georgia; Demitri Jackson, age 37; Tedrick Jackson, age 38; William Burns, age 41; Otha Hopkins, age 47, all of Albany, Georgia; Timothy Hopkins, age 41, of Hiram, Georgia; and Michael Bass, age 40, of Ashburn, Georgia were indicted for one count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture and three counts of sponsoring and exhibiting a dog in an animal fighting venture.
ROME, Ga. - Rodney Scott Blankenship has been sentenced to 17 years, and four months in prison for carjacking a Cedartown woman at gun point on August 31, 2012.
“This Defendant showed no regard for who he might have injured or killed during his crime spree,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The violent carjacking and police chase started in northwest Georgia, and the significant sentence appropriately reflects the serious danger he caused to both citizens and police.”
ATLANTA - Six defendants, including three former police officers, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to accepting thousands of dollars in cash payments to provide protection during staged drug deals which were part of a federal undercover operation
AUGUSTA, GA – An indictment was returned yesterday by a federal Grand Jury sitting in Savannah, Georgia against William Arnold Debow, 53, a federally licensed firearms dealer who was doing business as The Ponderosa Trading Company. Debow was charged with 28 counts of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon and with 10 counts of illegally transferring a handgun to out of state residents.