Fitzgerald man handed federal court sentence, two found illegally in southwest Georgia

Brandon Lee Hall, 33, of Macon, was sentenced to serve 82 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell after Hall previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon.

ATHENS – Thirteen individuals are federally charged resulting from an ongoing FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force investigation into an organization of alleged drug traffickers and violent offenders in Athens-Clarke County with ties to metro Atlanta.

An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.

Federal search warrants were executed in Athens on Thursday, resulting from federal indictments charging the following individuals:

♦ Reginald Battle Sr., 46, of Statham, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine;

♦ Quintavious Clark, aka Tre Clark, 28, of Athens, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and four counts of distribution of cocaine base and cocaine;

♦ TaMichael Darden, aka T-Mike, 40, of Athens, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, three counts of distribution of cocaine base and one count of distribution of cocaine;

♦ Mohamed Elnour, 33, of Atlanta, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;

♦ Daquan Faust, aka Cocaine, 29, of Athens, is charged with one count each of illegal possession of a machine gun and one count of possession of a stolen firearm;

♦ Marqueze Johnson, 25, of Athens, is charged with one count of distribution of cocaine base;

♦ Tevondous Kinney, 29, of Athens, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of distribution of cocaine base;

♦ Corey Mitchell, aka Murda, 37, of Athens, is charged with one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine;

♦ Hendrex Nicely, aka Hen, 32, of Athens, is charged with two counts of distribution of heroin;

♦ Danny Sims, aka Danny Boy, 57, of Hull, is charged with one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base;

♦ Miller Sutton, 64, of Winder, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine;

♦ Darren Thrasher, 45, of Athens, is charged with three counts of distribution of cocaine base; and,

♦ Gregory Wade Sr., 53, of Athens, is charged with one count of distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine.

Initial appearances for the defendants occurred on Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles H. Weigle. Their detention hearings were continued until Monday in a Macon federal court.

Four firearms, 6.9 pounds of marijuana, three ounces of cocaine, 2.3 ounces of heroin and $6,491 were seized during the operation in Athens, bringing the total amount of items seized during the course of the investigation in Athens and metro Atlanta to the following (street value estimates of illegal drugs listed):

♦ 60 firearms;

♦ $1,036,172;

♦ a land mine;

♦ 13.22 kilograms of powder cocaine (street value: $412,000);

♦ 1.32 kilograms of fentanyl (street value: $150,000);

♦ 12.57 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (street value: $84,000);

♦ 1.39 kilos of crack cocaine (street value: $71,750);

♦ 25.35 pounds of marijuana (street value: $62,500);

♦ 11.25 ounces of heroin (street value: $28,125);

♦ 198 dosages of controlled pharmaceuticals (street value: ($2,970);

♦ 113 THC cartridges (street value: $2,260);

♦ 81 packets of THC edibles (street value: $405).

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Athens Middle Georgia Safe Streets Gang Task Force, comprising members from the FBI, the GBI Gang Unit, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Corrections in partnership with the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force, the ACCPD Gang Unit, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

In addition, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Department of Revenue, the Atlanta Police Department, the Brookhaven Police Department, the DeKalb County Police Department, the Gwinnett County Police Department, the Henry County Police Department, the South Fulton Police Department, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in this investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Morrison is prosecuting the case.

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