BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday charged 21 defendants from southeast Georgia and northeast Florida with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
Several of the defendants have also been hit with weapons charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of Georgia.
21 Charged With Conspiracy
Defendants indicted on federal charges include:
•Brian Keith Glover, 36, Brunswick, Ga.
•Andrey Lamar James, 28, Jacksonville, Fla.
•Bassil James Rhoden, 29, Jamaica,
•Alberto R. Andujar, 34, Jacksonville, Fla.
•Dan Wendell Mangram, 37, Brunswick, Ga.
•Oscar Ramon Woods, 34, Brunswick, Ga.
•Joel Christopher Jordan, 41, Jacksonville, Fla.
•Ian Kyle Baker, Brunswick, 38, Ga.
•Benjamin Dunham, Jr., 43, Darien, Ga.
•Damian Julian, 39, Jacksonville, Fla.
•George Edward Brennon, 46, Brunswick, Ga.
•William Cortez Smith, 29, Kingsland, Ga.
•Dwight Allen Wilson, 54, Tallahassee, Fla.
•Reginald Leon Stevens, 34, Brunswick, Ga.
•Jermaine Donte Hardee, 27, Brunswick, Ga.
•Roderick D. Thomas, 22, Brunswick, Ga.
•Xontavious Deotne Hawkins, 24, Brunswick, Ga.
•Nikita Jamala Jones, 25, Brunswick, Ga.
•Shanice Lashay Jackson, 22, Jacksonville, Fla.
•Rashuana Denay Battle, 23, Jacksonville, Fla.
•Jamie Latoya Scott, 23, Jacksonville, Fla.
The charge results from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Glynn Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.
“Successful investigations such as these are the result of great cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies," said U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver. "We are committed to sending to those who profit from the scourge of illegal narcotics trafficking to prison, and to seizing and forfeiting their ill gotten gains.”
“All participating agencies played a crucial role in the eradication of this alleged criminal network. These drug trafficking activities posed a significant threat to the quality of life in the Brunswick community and elsewhere," said Rodney G. Benson, special agent in charge of the DEA office in Atlanta. "I want to thank our federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts who had a direct impact in making this investigation a success.”
Each defendant convicted of the drug trafficking conspiracy charge faces between 10 years and life in prison and a potential fine of $4 million. Tarver noted that the United States is also seeking to forfeit various items of personal property involved in the offenses, including $1.5 million as the alleged proceeds of the defendants’ drug trafficking.