For Immediate Release
Eleven Defendants Indicted on Over Forty Drug and Gun Charges
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. Crumpton, also known as “TC,” aged 44, William Deberry, aged 54, Anthony Deberry, also known as “Flea,” aged 43, Dan Wiseman, also known as “DD,” aged 27, Shalinda Wilcox, aged 38, and Vernardo Henley, also known as “Sack,” aged 34, all of Sparks, Georgia with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine. If convicted, those indicted on count one face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of $10 million, or both.
John Wilcox and Shalinda Wilcox face two additional charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and Dan Wiseman faces one additional charge. These charges carry a sentence of 5 to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million, or both.
For the possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance (i.e. crack cocaine), John Wilcox is facing an additional seven charges, Gregory Paige faces three charges, William DeBerry faces two charges, Dequaveous Lane faces three charges, Dan Wiseman faces three charges, Anthony DeBerry faces three charges, Tony Crumpton faces one charge, Shalinda Wilcox faces one charge, Kevin DeBerry faces one charge, and Vernardo Henley faces two charges. With these additional charges comes an additional sentence of up to 20 years in prison, $1 million, or both.
Kevin DeBerry, Vernardo Henley, John Wilcox, Shalinda Wilcox, Dequaveous Lane and Gregory Paige also face one charge of maintaining a drug involved premises. They could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years, fined up to $500,000, or both.
For the possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Anthony DeBerry may face a mandatory minimum of five years to life in prison, consecutively.
Marion DeBerry and Dan Wiseman are facing an additional two charges while Anthony DeBerry, William Deberry, and Vernardo Henley are facing one additional charge for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. These allegations carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Dequaveous Lane has three charges of possession of a firearm by a person under indictment and one charge of possession of an unregistered firearm. The first charges carry a 10 year sentence, fine of $250,000, or both. For possession of an unregistered firearm, he could receive a 10 year sentence, $10,000 fine, or both.
A copy of the indictment is attached. The indictments are only allegations and the accused are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
"Today's enforcement action serves as a text-book example of the impact that can be achieved when we blend our investigative resources with our State and local partners, as we continue to aggressively address violent crime that plagues our communities," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Carl Walker. "ATF remains committed to target violent offenders and dismantle their criminal organizations, but admits there's much work to do."
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Cook County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office, and the Sparks (Georgia) Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Robert McCullers is prosecuting the case for the government.
Inquiries regarding this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2603.