//Georgia Multi-Agency Operation Leads to Large Scale Drug Arrests

Georgia Multi-Agency Operation Leads to Large Scale Drug Arrests

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ALBANY, Ga. – Tuesday morning, U.S. Attorney for Middle District of Georgia announced that the FBI, GBI, Albany Police Department Gang Task Force and Albany-Dougherty SWAT Team, and other state officers’ multi-agency investigation led in the execution of search warrants in Dougherty, Henry, Muscogee, and Worth Counties, according to the AlbanyHerald.

This type of operation allowed for the agencies involved to push pass their typical jurisdictional boundaries.

“This started with one incident that was not that large, but it led to a much bigger operation,” said Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley. “It took time to identify the people involved, but the state and federal partnerships we’ve established through working with these agencies made this possible. Once GBI officials made the FBI privy to what was occurring, they agreed to come onboard.”

In addition to the arrest of the individuals who have been identified as part of a large drug trade operation, federal indictments charging six individuals for drug trafficking were unsealed Tuesday.

The following defendants were indicted by the September 2019 federal grand jury. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. All of the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.
 

  1. Willie Keith Ware, 32, of Albany, is facing six charges. Mr. Ware is charged with four counts of distribution of methamphetamine in an amount exceeding 50 grams. Mr. Ware is also charged with one count of distribution of heroin and one count of distribution of MDMA. 
     
  2. Jamie L. Keith, 38, Albany, is charged with one count possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in an amount exceeding 50 grams.  
     
  3. Quade’ Z. Barrett, 25, of Albany is charged with one count of distribution of MDMA. 
     
  4. Demarcus Cook, aka GA Boy, 37, of Sylvester, is facing two charges. Mr. Cook is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an amount exceeding 50 grams and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
  5. Addy Cook, aka Frost, 36, of Sylvester, is facing two charges. Ms. Cook is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an amount exceeding 50 grams and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 
     
  6. Artarius Davis, aka Showboat, aka Boat, 38, of Albany, is facing two charges. Mr. Davis is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in an amount exceeding 50 grams and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 
     
    “These search warrants and indictments are part of a multi-month, multi-agency investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler. “Our office is grateful for the strong partnership exhibited between our local, state and federal law enforcement in the Middle District of Georgia.”
     
    The case was investigated by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Worth County Sheriff’s Office, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit, the GBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen is prosecuting the case for the Government.