supplier of cocaine, co-defendant sentenced to federal prison in Richmond County narcotics conspiracy | USAO-SDGA
AUGUSTA, Georgia: The man who supplied cocaine for a major drug trafficking operation in Richmond County, and another man who admitted to an operation-related firearms offense, have been sentenced to federal prison .
Mario hubbard, 45, from Smryna, Ga., Was sentenced to 151 months in prison, fined $ 35,000 and four years on probation after serving his prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intention of distributing and distributing cocaine and Marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering, said David H. Estes, acting US attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Hubbard also confiscated his Smyrna home, estimated to be worth over $ 600,000, which was allegedly purchased with the proceeds of drug trafficking.
United States District Court Chief Justice J. Randal Hall also convicted one of Hubbard’s co-defendants, Timothy dale reid, 53, from Augusta, to 78 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. Reid was also fined $ 1,500 and three years on probation after serving his prison term.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“This operation is an outstanding example of the results of the collaborative law enforcement effort of local, state and federal agencies,” Acting US Attorney Estes said. “We particularly commend the work of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations investigators for their assistance in seizing the ill-gotten gains of this major drug trafficking business.”
The convictions are the highlight of the 2019 indictment in United States v. Freeman, et. Al., a two-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation launched by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration into the distribution of cocaine in the greater Augusta area. The investigation identified Hubbard as a supplier of cocaine through Atlanta-area connections to Terrance Quain Freeman, 50, from Augusta, who led the conspiracy that brought kilos of cocaine and crack into the community for distribution by local dealers.
During the investigation into Operation Snowfall – so named because of the large amounts of powdered cocaine involved – DEA agents and Sheriff’s Office investigators seized more than $ 500,000 in cash, more than two kilos of cocaine, 32 grams of crack and over 9 pounds. of marijuana, as well as eight firearms.
Freeman is serving 100 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and marijuana. Four other defendants are serving sentences of up to 151 months in federal prison, while Quieaton Freeman, 23, from Augusta, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of firearms by an illegal drug user. He is the son of Terrance Freeman and the last federal accused remaining in the operation. More than a dozen other defendants have also been prosecuted on charges brought by the state as part of the investigation.
“Working with our partner agencies and utilizing all of our specialist talents were keys to the success of this investigation,” said IRS Special Agent for Criminal Investigations Demetrius Hardeman. “This operation is a victory in the war on drugs and its funding. We are committed to continuing to use our financial expertise to bring justice to those who harm our communities. “
“Drug trafficking breeds violence, and traffickers who indulge in this dangerous lifestyle often protect their ill-gotten gains with dangerous weapons – as was the case in this investigation,” said the special agent in charge. from the DEA Atlanta Field Division, Robert J. Murphy. “The DEA and the entire law enforcement community are committed to making the citizens of these affected communities in Georgia and elsewhere safer by removing dangerous criminals from their neighborhoods. “
Sheriff Richard Roundtree ordered the Narcotics Division of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to neutralize and dismantle local drug organizations, but also target the organization’s source of supply. “In this case, RCSO and its federal partners have cut supply lines from Atlanta to Augusta-Richmond County,” Sheriff Roundtree said. “Some of the defendants indicted in this case are career drug traffickers. Their removal from our community will improve the safety and security of Augusta.
The case was investigated by the Working Groups on Drugs Against Organized Crime (OCDETF). 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.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Dekalb County HIDTA Task Force, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia National Guard Drug Task Force, and sued for the United States by Deputy US Prosecutors Patricia G. Rhodes and Hank Syms.