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Arrests made in MCLB drug case

ALBANY, Ga. — Another bust involving drug trafficking connected to the Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany led to the indictment of 13 area residents.

At a 2 p.m. news conference on the steps of the C. B. King U.S. Courthouse on Broad Avenue, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore gave a rundown involving the indictments.

“They were arrested on Sept. 14. This is an ongoing investigation and specific details are not available,” Moore said. “The indictment alleges the defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin, Loretab, Lorcel, and cocaine and crack cocaine in an amount over 280 grams and marijuana.”

The arrests came after indictments in August of nine people from the Albany area, including five civilian workers at the Maintenance Center Albany as well as the distribution center. No uniform Marines have been arrested.

The investigation into drug trafficking involving civilian workers at the MCLB and their associates has been going on longer than a year and involves multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies.

According to court papers, the newly indicted are: Justin Mathis, Travis Davis, James Williford, Tomecca Stubbs, aka Maria McGhee, aka Meka, Bertrond Hall, aka Tron, Demario Colvin, aka Mario, Casey Stamps, Geter Antwon Brown, Brandon Kiece, Demetrius Davenport, Antonia Bernard Chevers, Eric Dellinger, aka Eric Dellin and James Ellis.

Previously at a news conference at the base involving the first arrests, Marine Col. Terry Williams stated: “None of the arrests involve uniformed Marines. However, it is important to reiterate that the Marine Corps has a zero tolerance policy on illegal drug activity, and that includes anyone and everyone who comes aboard the installation.”