DOJ Seal

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Georgia

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Michael J. Moore
, United States Attorney
Contact: Pamela Lightsey

Albany Cocaine Dealer Sentenced

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.

Mr. Luke entered a guilty plea on May 24, 2014. As a part of his plea agreement, Mr. Luke admitted that from September 2012 to September 2013, he, Timothy Lemonica Johnson, a/k/a as “Big Timmy”; Joseph Lewis Guest, III, a/k/a “Big Joe”; and Darion Jay Gillison purchased cocaine from Toney Ricardo Mosely, a/k/a “Toney Montana” and then resold it. Mr. Luke was arrested after selling cocaine to a confidential informant in the parking lot of the Village Green Shopping Center, in Albany, Georgia, on May 9, 2013.

Mr. Johnson, Mr. Guest and Mr. Gillison have all pled guilty and been sentenced. Mr. Mosley entered a guilty plea on May 29, 2014 and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 28, 2014.

“Every time we shut down a group of drug suppliers, it is a victory for the local community. We were able to do that in this case thanks to the cooperation of our state and local partners,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

“This sentence is a direct message to criminals that ATF agents and our law enforcement partners will not allow flagrant violations of our laws to go unpunished,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Ray Brown. “ATF remains on the frontline of preventing violent crime and will work to ensure criminals are prosecuted and removed from our streets.”

“The Albany Police Department is pleased to have partnered with other law enforcement agencies in working on this case. These individuals have long been involved in criminal activity in the Albany-Dougherty area and we are satisfied with the results of this lengthy and deeply involved investigation. We hope these arrests and lengthy sentences will send a strong message to those who may be considering making gang and drug activity a career choice here in Southwest Georgia, we will not tolerate it,” stated Albany Police Chief John Proctor.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Albany Police Department Gang Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen is representing the Government in the prosecution of the case.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.
Atlanta Field Division