SAVANE, Georgia: Two McIntosh County men indicted in connection with a major drug trafficking operation have been sentenced to federal prison on armed robbery charges.
John hope jr., 28, of Townsend, Ga., Was sentenced to 111 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $ 677 in restitution after pleading guilty to interfering with the business by robbery and brandishing of a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime, said David H. Estes, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
Hope’s co-accused in the heist, Tyler marshall, 27, also from Townsend, was sentenced to 93 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $ 677 in restitution after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine; and Interference with trade by robbery. There is no parole in the federal system.
“These two men chose not only to participate in a drug trafficking organization that spread poison throughout southern Georgia, but also to terrorize innocent people at gunpoint,” the US prosecutor said by interim Estes. “They well deserve their prison sentence.”
Hope and Marshall were among 17 defendants indicted in July 2020 in connection with Operation Krack Down, a Drug Trafficking Against Organized Crime (OCDETF) investigation that targeted a drug trafficking organization in the Liberty, Bryan, McIntosh and Wayne counties with links to the Ghost Face Gangsters. criminal street gang. At the time of the indictment, Hope and Marshall were in custody for the January 3, 2020 armed robbery of a Liberty County gas station.
Three other Operation Krack Down defendants have been sentenced to federal prison terms of up to 181 months after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges, while six defendants await sentencing after pleading guilty. Five others are awaiting prosecution and are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty, and one accused, Cruz lawson, 33, from Jesup, Georgia, is a fugitive.
“The mission of the DEA is unwavering – we relentlessly pursue drug traffickers,” said Robert J. Murphy, the special agent in charge of the Atlanta field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “These defendants and their organization distributed dangerous drugs that caused immeasurable damage to the community of McIntosh County. These sentences are a perfect example of how the law enforcement community and the United States Attorney’s Office are working together to eliminate violent criminals from our streets. “
“Drugs and violence have no place in Georgia. Citizens deserve to feel safe, however, these two men threatened this coastal community and are now held accountable, ”said Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “The GBI values its partnership with federal and local agencies, including prosecutors, to ensure justice is done. “
Operation Krack Down was investigated as part of the Anti-Drugs Against Organized Crime Working Groups. The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a multi-agency, prosecutor-led, intelligence-led approach.
Agencies investigating the case include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Marshals Service, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond Hill Police Department, and sued for the United States by OCDETF Coordinator and Assistant United States Attorney Marcela C. Mateo.