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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 15, 2018
Bobby L. Christine
, United States Attorney

"Big Country" Sentenced to Serve Over a Decade in Prison for Selling Cocaine From His "Trap House" Across the Street from an Elementary School

BRUNSWICK, GA: Melvin Walker, Jr., also known as “Big Country,” age 41, of Brunswick, Georgia, was sentenced to over a decade in federal prison for selling cocaine from his “trap house” located across the street from a Brunswick elementary school.

In February 2017, a federal grand jury indicted Walker and a few conspirators for selling powder and crack cocaine in Brunswick, Georgia. According to evidence outlined in court filings and in court, Melvin Walker, a/k/a “Big Country,” sold quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine from his trap house, commonly referred by conspirators as “The Den,” located at 2100 Johnson Street, in Brunswick, Georgia. “The Den” is located across the street from Burroughs-Molette Elementary School. Melvin Walker, Jr., a career criminal, with a twenty-year criminal history, including convictions for drug crimes and violent crimes, was known to carry a firearm during drug deals.

United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced Walker to serve 140 months in federal prison. Upon release, he will be placed on court supervision for three (3) years. There is no parole in the federal system. Walker was the last defendant in this case to be sentenced by Judge Wood. Kendall Jackson, Kenneth Brown, and Andrew King, all of Brunswick, Georgia, were previously convicted and sentenced to federal prison.

United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine states: “This drug dealer dealt poison to members of our community across the street from an elementary school. This callous disregard for our children and our community will not be tolerated. Drug dealers take note: we will hunt you down and send you to prison for as long as we can in an effort to protect others.”

Glynn County Sheriff E. Neal Jump states: “I am very pleased with the successful outcome and prosecution of this investigation. I am a strong supporter of the mission of ATF and the partnership established with the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office. Working with our federal agencies and the U.S. Attorney’s Office has a positive impact on the criminal element within our community.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Greg Gilluly, Jr. Questions, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (912) 652-4422.

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