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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 14, 2011

www.atf.gov

Contact: Special Agent Richard Coes, PIO

Cell: (404) 931-0988

Savannah Residents Sentenced on Federal Firearms, Narcotics Charges

Hefty Prison Terms Handed Down in Southern Judicial District of Georgia for Career Criminals

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Several Savannah residents were recently sentenced to serve time after being convicted on varying federal firearms and narcotic related charges.

Thomas Johnson, 39, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison and 60 months supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield, of the Southern Judicial District of Georgia. Johnson pleaded guilty on May 26 to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF) Savannah field office in conjunction with their Ceasefire/Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.

Samuel Antonio Graham, 34, pleaded guilty on July 22, to narcotics charges. On Wednesday, Graham was sentenced to serve 151 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons followed by 60 months supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. Graham was targeted and arrested by the Savannah Area Regional Gun Enforcement task force (S.A.R.G.E.). S.A.R.G.E. is a law enforcement driven initiative with direct assistance from the neighborhood through incentives and revitalization efforts in the community of Carver Heights within the city of Savannah.

Gregory Allen Smith, 51, received a sentence of 108 months in federal prison followed by 36 months of supervised release from Chief Judge, Lisa G. Wood on Wednesday. Smith pleaded guilty to firearm and narcotics charges on May 11. This case was also investigated by the ATF Savannah field office in conjunction with their Ceasefire/PSN initiative.

The sentences received from the courts send a clear message of deterrence to those individuals who would contemplate performing any criminal mischief in the Southern Judicial District of Georgia, said ATF Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow. The effort of our agents and law enforcement partners – in concert with the community – to tackle crime in the Carver Heights and surrounding city of Savannah neighborhoods is unparalleled. They deserve great credit for the results.

More information about ATF is available at www.atf.gov.

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