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Federal drug investigation yields Albany, Dawson arrests

Albany, Dawson and federal law enforcement cooporate to issue warrants,

ALBANY —  Justice Department officials have confirmed the arrests on seven suspects on federal drug charges in Albany and Dawson by agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Georgia State Patrol, Post 40; Albany Probation and the Albany Police Department.

The arrests stem from a two-year narcotics investigation initiated by the ATF and GBI Sylvester with assistance of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia,a DOJ release states, which uncovered what officers believe to be a major drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting multi kilograms of powdered cocaine, crack cocaine and firearms throughout the southwest Georgia area.

The following are listed by the DOJ as having been arrested on federal drug warrants and in custody awaiting bond hearings scheduled for today:

Toney Ricardo Mosley, 44, Albany — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute;

Montravis Montez Luke, 29, Albany — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;

Joe Lewis Guest III, 26, Albany — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute;

Timoth Lemond Johnson, 41, Albany — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute;

Ontario Deshone Watson, 40, Dawson — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute;

Darian Jay Gillison, 36, Albany — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute;

Kenneth Fairbanks, 39, Dawson — charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

The Albany and Dawson narcotics case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah McEwen, DOJ officials say.