Nine sentenced in ‘vast’ Cook, Tift, Colquitt cocaine conspiracy

| February 26, 2016

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MACON – Nine individuals have been sentenced in connection with a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Cook, Colquitt and Tift Counties.

On Wednesday, Senior Judge Hugh Lawson of the Middle District of Georgia sentenced nine individuals for their parts in a “far-reaching conspiracy” to distribute cocaine from Jan. 1, 2013 through Oct. 28, 2014, according to reports from acting U.S. Attorney G.F. “Pete” Peterman.

Andrew Carter, 38, of Omega, Georgia- 360 months

Juan Pablo Cuevas, 54, of Atlanta, Georgia – 240 months

Maurice Todd Carter, 35, of Omega, Georgia- 240 months

Jose Alfredo Martinez, 40, of Omega, Georgia- 200 months

Kenyatta Mitchell, 33 of Tifton, Georgia- 150 months

Lataris Waters, 26 of Omega, Georgia- 60 months

Jessica Tellez, 32 of Omega, Georgia- 66 months

James Waters, 52 of Tifton, Georgia- 60 months

Juan Sanchez Hidalgo, 57 of Tifton, Georgia- 42 months

The defendants in the case reportedly acquired between 10 to 15 kilograms of cocaine a week during that time period, report stated.

On Sept. 25, 2014, a traffic stop of Jose Martinez, Jessica Tellez and Juan Sanchez Hidalgo resulted in the seizure of $225,937 of drug money on its way to Juan Pablo Cuevas in Atlanta.

Search warrants were executed the same day on the residences of Maurice Todd Carter, James Waters and other defendants, resulting in the seizure of an additional $50,000, three kilograms of cocaine and 11 firearms, reports stated.

“The teamwork of local, state and federal law enforcement, working together, shut down this major drug running business in South Georgia. There is no parole in the federal prison system. With these sentences, our community, our citizens and our children will be safe from the criminal activities of these individuals for up to thirty years in the case of the ring leader. This is outstanding work by our law enforcement officers and prosecutors,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney G.F. Peterman, III.

Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division stated, “Today is a victory, not only for the multitude of law enforcement agencies who dismantled this organization, but for the citizens of the affected communities. Now that these criminals have been removed from the streets, our communities are much safer. This effort would not have been successful without the high-level of cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts.”

“This investigation is an example of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working together to make a positive impact in the local communities of southwest Georgia. The blending of these resources has resulted in the successful dismantling and prosecution of a major drug trafficking organization,” commented Special Agent in Charge Kim Baker of the GBI Region 15 Field Office.

“This is the result of a unified effort to combat illegal drugs in Tift County. I want to thank all agencies and their personnel for their dedicated service to our community,” said Sheriff Gene Scarbrough of the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, and the Tift, Crisp, Cook, and Colquitt County Sheriff’s Offices. Assistant United States Attorney Julia Bowen is handling the prosecution for the Government.


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  1. Rex Reed says:

    According to our most impressive POTUS, these people are not violent and should just be rehabilitated, and to think that honest, hard working Americans actually believe this stuff and continue to support a political party that has been ambushed by socialists. (Norman Thomas, “The American people would never knowingly vote for Socialism, but that under the name of liberalism, they would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.”)