For Immediate Release
Friday, September 30, 2016
, United States Attorney
Edward J. Tarver
Contact: James D. Durham
16 Defendants Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
Field Division: Atlanta Field Division
BRUNSWICK, GA – A 25-count federal indictment, unsealed today and returned by a federal Grand Jury earlier this month, charged 16 defendants with drug trafficking and firearm- related offenses. The indictment follows a two-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into drug trafficking activities within Glynn County, Wayne County and Ware County within the Southern District of Georgia, and elsewhere, including the Middle District of Georgia, the Northern District of Georgia, the Northern District of Florida, the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Virginia. Agents of the ATF, the United States Marshals Service, the DEA, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and multiple local law enforcement agencies participated in the joint investigation.
The indictment alleges that members of the conspiracy used remote controlled drones to smuggle cell phones to conspirators incarcerated in a Georgia Department of Corrections facility. Conspirators, while incarcerated, used the phones to coordinate, plan, and facilitate drug deals. While incarcerated, they used Facebook and PayPal accounts to coordinate drug deals. Among other things, members of the conspiracy possessed firearms and associated with gangs including the Bloods, the Gangster Disciples, the Ghost Face Gangsters and the Sinaloa Cartel, to aid in the receipt and distribution of controlled substances, for protection, and to promote a climate of fear.
The investigation culminated in arrests and search warrants being executed in Glynn County, Wayne County, Ware County and elsewhere. During this investigation, agents seized over 10 kilograms of crystal meth, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, over 20 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, over $600,000 and multiple vehicles that were used to promote the criminal activity.
The following people were indicted:
- DANIEL ROGER ALO (45, Calhoun, GA), A/K/A “MARCO POLO,” A/K/A “BOSS MAN,” A/K/A “LO,” A/K/A “UH NO,”
- AMBERLIE WRIGHT (23, Dallas, GA),
- JASON PRINCE (30, Jesup, GA),
- MIRANDA MICHELLE FLOWERS (42, Jesup, GA) A/K/A “CHELLE,” A/K/A “MAMA,”
- RAYMOND JARRED WILDER (33, Jesup, GA) A/K/A “JIHAD,” A/K/A “BATMAN,”
- ANGELO OCCHIUZZI (35, Jesup, GA) A/K/A “G-LO,” AK/A “KENNY HALL,”
- JASON LEE (35, Patterson, GA),
- ANGELA POPE (30, Jesup, GA),
- MARQUEZ MOREHEAD (33, Memphis, TN), A/K/A “MARK-MO,”
- MELVIN JACKSON (27, Jesup, GA), A/K/A “MEL,”
- LAWRENCE LARRY (29, Jesup, GA), A/K/A “SWOLE,” A/K/A “CAPONE,”
- DEVONTAYE PITTMAN (22, Jesup, GA), A/K/A “SQUEEZE,”
- IRVISON FERNANDEZ PEREZ (23, Jesup, GA), A/K/A “JOEY PEREZ,”
- JOHN BRIAN SCHUYLER (40, Waycross, GA),
- ORONDE PENDER,
- ROBERT LEE TAYLOR (44, Waycross, GA)
Upon conviction, most of the Defendants face up to 40 years of incarceration, with some facing potential life sentences. United States Attorney Tarver emphasized that the indictment is only an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant United States Attorneys E. Greg Gilluly, Jr. and Tania Groover are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States. For questions, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912)201-2547.