16 Indicted in Federal Drug Case

By: STAFF
By: STAFF

May 27, 2008
AUGUSTA: Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced that sixteen defendants have been named in an indictment returned by the Federal Grand Jury sitting in Savannah in connection with a major cocaine and marijuana distribution conspiracy. In a twenty-three count indictment unsealed today, the sixteen defendants, most of whom reside either in the Augusta or Atlanta area, were charged in various counts with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine), possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base (crack), and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana.

The indictment names Rico Andre Bonner, Angelo Coker, Timothy Coker, Patrick Bouvier Curry, Edward Jerome Newsome, Marlo Dequail Rouse, Marcus Tyrone Murray, William Conner Hall, Christopher Jovon Daggett, Adrian Jamal Daggett, Malcolm Turner, James Walton, Diane Walton, all of Augusta
and Steve L. Shank, Thurnel Outlaw, and Reginald Clayton Thomas, all of Atlanta , as members of the drug conspiracy.

Bench warrants were issued for all of the defendants. Ten defendants have thus far been arrested. Initial appearances have been held before a Magistrate Judge for nine of the defendants, while the tenth defendant is currently in state custody.
Booth noted that the case resulted from a two-year long investigation by the Central Savannah River Area Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of representatives from the FBI, DEA, Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the USMS). Booth praised the efforts of all the agencies involved and called the investigation "a great example of federal-state law enforcement cooperation."
If convicted of the charges, each of the federal defendants face statutory penalties of up to 40 years imprisonment without parole and millions of dollars in fines. Booth stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The lead prosecutor representing the United States is Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Johnson in Augusta.

Information from U.S. Attorney's Office.


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  • by Terry Location: home on Oct 25, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    James Benjamin Allen is in federal prison in Butner NC. Release date is scheduled for August 15, 2014. His local sentence of four years is to run concurrently with that one. Question. Why were all the inmates from Operation Ink in a flowing video on his personal website? And why was his arrest not news?
  • by Terry Location: home on Jul 28, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    Jimmy. (James) If your actions had not jeopardized others, I would not have asked about you. Don't expect me to fall for the victimless crimes argument. I was not hinting at anything in my previous post. I asked a question, plain and simple. I hope you do straighten out your life and undo some of the damage you have done directly and indirectly. You will never be able to undo it all, unfortunately. I'll keep you in my prayers.
  • by JAMES on Jun 6, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    WHY IS THIS PERSON TERRY ASKING ABOUT ME?DO YOU SEE MY NAME ON THE LIST?I WAS ARRESTED TRUE ENOUGH AND WILL FACE JUDGE AND JURY,IN DUE TIME.I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO HINT AT HERE?I DONT KNOW ANYONE ON THIS LIST,AND I WISH YOU WOULDNT USE MY NAME SO LOOSELY.IM A STAND UP GUY "TERRY",AND ALWAYS WILL BE.MY PAST AND MY HANG UPS ARE MY OWN PROBLEMS.I HAVE NEVER PUT ANYONE IN JEPARDY BECAUSE OF MY ACTIONS,AND I WISH THE PEOPLE WHO PUT ME IN THE CROSS WOULD DO THE SAME.LIVE AND LET LIVE!!!YA HEARD ME!!
  • by CARLOS Location: AUGUSTA on May 30, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    I KNEW A FEW OF THESE GUYS,AND THE GAME HAS CHANGED,THERE ARE TO MANY PEOPLE SNICTHING ON EACHOTHER,BUT ONE YOU WONT BE ABLE TO TELL ANYTHING YOU WIIL HAVE TO ,DO THE TIME,AND 40YEARS IS A LONG TIME.GODBLESS ALL OF YOU GUYS.
  • by LILCARL Location: AUGUSTA on May 30, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    I KNEW ALOT OF THESE GUYS ,AND I HATE THIS HAPPEN ,BUT SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO CHILL WHEN YOU GET OLDER,SOME OF THESE GUYS ARE SNICTHING THERE BUT OFF ,MOST OF THE GUYS WHO ARE NOT LISTED ARE TELLING EVERYTHING ,SINGING LIKE A BIRD,THE GAME HAS GOT REAL UGLY.40YEARS ARE A LONG TIME .LATER YOUR BOY C.
  • by Craig Location: Evans on May 29, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    KUDOS to Capt. Steve Morris and his people for their contribution to ridding Columbia County streets of this pernicious traffic and the sociopaths who engage in it!
  • by concerned Location: ga on May 29, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    you guys do not have the whole story, or maybe just not reporting the whole story. There are other people that were arrested that were not named in this report or any other report for that matter. You should list the people being brought up on state charges as well. List all that are involved to be fair.
  • by Terry Location: home on May 29, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    I didn't see James Benjamin Allen's name (street names Jimmy, CoJo, KoJo, and Kojack), who was arrested in February for cocaine possession with intent to distribute and marijuana possession and indicted recently. He wasn't in this group?
  • by silvia Location: sc on May 29, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    can u post pics of suspects
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