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25 indicted on drug, gun charges

Cases result from 2-year investigation in Monroe

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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:43 pm

Monroe’s public safety director called it the biggest law enforcement operation in Walton County history.

Twenty-five Monroe residents have been charged in eight indictments filed in federal court after more than 150 federal, state and local law enforcement officers came together for a series of arrests Wednesday.

The indictments, returned Aug. 9 by a federal grand jury in Macon, result from a two-year investigation by the FBI and Monroe Police Department.

Twenty-two of the defendants charged in the indictments were taken into custody Wednesday morning, with initial court appearances scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon in Macon.

“This joint investigation is worth of emulation,” Public Safety Director Keith Glass said. “It sets the standard high for collaboration among law enforcement agencies.

“I am both appreciative and impressed both (by) the work and dedication that has continues to take place in this investigation.”

U.S. Attorney G.F. “Pete” Peterman III announced the indictments.

• Six people were charged in a 21-count indictment alleging drug conspiracy and distribution charges involving firearms and drugs in Monroe. They were 39-year-old Anthony J. Johnson and 51-year-old Anthony L. Smith, along with his sons, 31-year-old Emmanuel B. Smith and 29-year-old Lachievous Smith, plus 30-year-old Kristy Davis-Smith and 27-year-old Brittney Porter.

The six were alleged to have conspired to distribute crack cocaine, alprazolam (Xanax) pills and marijuana for more than four years in Monroe. Conviction of participation in the conspiracy carries a sentence of a mandatory minimum 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10 million and up to five years of supervised release.

• In a separate 21-count indictment, five Monroe residents are charged with a drug conspiracy, distribution of drugs and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug crime. They are 28-year-old Cardia Wright, 26-year-old John T. Chapman, 31-year-old Casey Watts, 25-year-old Chris Rivers and 53-year-old John Henry Wilson.

Over a four-year period, the five allegedly conspired to distribute crack, methamphetamine, marijuana, alprazolam and oxycodone pills. Conviction of participation in this conspiracy carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years up to a possible 40 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $5 million, and up to four years’ supervised release.

• An 11-count indictment alleges a drug conspiracy, distribution of drugs and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug crime. Charged are 36-year-old Vernon X. Cooper, 26-year-old Carl L. Brown and 34-year-old Craig Towler.

Brown, Cooper and Towler allegedly conspired to distribute crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and oxycodone pills. Conviction carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years up to a possible 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million and up to four years’ supervised release.

• In a 15-count indictment, six people including a husband-and-wife team were charged. They were 21-year-old Kendarious Gaither, 20-year-old Quadarriaus Little, 33-year-old Jermaine Davis and his wife, 27-year-old Clarissa Strong-Davis, 20-year-old Shantrell Porter and 25-year-old Miquavious Flanigan.

They are accused of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana, distribution of drugs and possession of firearm of a drug crime. Conviction carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years up to a possible 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million and up to four years’ supervised release.

• Charged in a two-count indictment were 23-year-old Devontae Durden and 22-year-old Darius O. Vinson, alleged to have distributed crack cocaine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.

Durden and Vinson face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, supervised release of three years on the drug count followed by a consecutive sentence of five years to life, plus a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release on the gun charge.

• Douglas Hunter, 45, was charged with one count of distribution of methamphetamine. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, and three years’ supervised release.

• Chauncey Brantley, 22, was charged in a five-count indictment alleging distribution of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug crime. He faces five to 40 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years’ supervised release on the drug offenses, followed by a consecutive sentence of five years to life in prison plus a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release on the firearms charges.

• Jammahl Fewquay, 23, was charged with one count of distribution of marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. The pot charge mandates five years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release.

Joining the FBI and Monroe police were the U.S. Marshals Service, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Walton, Barrow and Gwinnett sheriff’s offices, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Athens-Clarke County and Norcross police and investigators from the Alcovy Judicial Circuit district attorney’s office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett is prosecuting the case for the government.

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