For Immediate Release
16 Defendants Charged with Drug Trafficking and Firearm Offenses Following Multi-Agency Investigation
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, G. F. “Pete” Peterman, III, announced today that an indictment was returned by a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court in Macon, Georgia on May 11, 2017, which charged 16 defendants with drug trafficking and firearms offenses. During “Operation Gang Related”, Federal agents, assisted by state and local law enforcement officers, investigated a large-scale drug organization based in Milledgeville, Georgia. Over the course of the investigation, federal agents seized large amounts of Cocaine Base, Methamphetamine, Heroin and cash.
Penalties for the charges range from a mandatory minimum 5 years up to life in prison without parole. Fines range from $250,000 to $10,000,000 dollars.
All of the individuals were arrested in a multi-agency operation and initial appearances will held in U.S. District Court in Macon.
United States Attorney Peterman stated, “Today’s arrests are the result of an extremely complex, long term investigation involving four federal and four local/state agencies working closely together. It is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished through multiple agencies working cooperatively toward a common goal.”
A copy of the indictment is attached. The indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. Each person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The case was investigated by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocmulgee Regional Drug Task Force, the Office of the District Attorney of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marshals Service (USMS), and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly S. Easterling and Charles Calhoun are prosecuting the case for the Government.
For additional information, please contact Pamela Lightsey at (478) 621-2603.
Those indicted and arrested are as follows:
|1) DELMA GODDARD, a/k/a "SHUG", a/k/a "BIG HXMIE"||34||Milledgeville, GA|
|2) CHAD DELACY FREEMAN, a/k/a “BIG BONE”, a/k/a “BONE LOCO”||43||Milledgeville, GA|
|3) CYNTHIA BOLSTON SMITH, a/k/a “CYNT”||68||Milledgeville, GA|
|4) ALONZO BUTTS||43||Eatonton, GA|
|5) DEMETRIUS JAMEL HARDEN, a/k/a “MEAT DAWG”||31||Gordon, GA|
|6) DESHAWN RANSOM, a/k/a “NEPHEW”||22||Milledgeville, GA|
|7) ERIC DEMETRIUS VEAL||44||Milledgeville, GA|
|8) EVERETTE HILL||50||Milledgeville, GA|
|9) DERRICK MOSLEY, a/k/a “D. MO”||37||Milledgeville, GA|
|10) ISHMAWIYL ABDHAL DAVIS a/k/a “NY, NEW YORK”||33||Milledgeville, GA|
|11) TRAVIS GLENN, a/k/a “T,TG”||39||Milledgeville, GA|
|12) EDWARD ANTONIO BROWN, JR. a/k/a “PLUG”||40||Milledgeville, GA|
|13) MONTAVIOUS JERMELL BARNES, a/k/a “COOT, KOOT”||21||Milledgeville, GA|
|14) JEVON DESHAWN CLARK, a/k/a “DUB, J. DUB”||34||Milledgeville, GA|
|15) DEMALE HAMPTON, a/k/a “RAB, RABBIT”||40||Milledgeville, GA|
|16) DEMOND MONTERIO DENNIS, a/k/a “DOUBLE DEUCE”||32||Milledgeville, GA|