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Feds indict 29 for trafficking in meth

Pierce County residents charged in the case are (top row, l-r) Debra Parr, Brad Teston, Christopher Chaney, Travis Parr Crystal Strickland, Carlos Mendosa, (bottom, l-r) Mario Gonzalez, Fernando Diaz, Mauro Aldaco, Donaciano Hernandez, Eddie Teston and Calvin Douberly.

Twelve Pierce County residents charged - including alleged group leaders

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 8:33 PM EDT
Twelve Pierce County residents have been charged as part of a federal investigation into a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy ring in South Georgia.

The dozen are part of 29 total defendants indicted in connection with the case, according to U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr.

All were indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Savannah.

Donaciano “Chano” Hernandez and Mauro “Poyo” Aldaco, both of Blackshear, are named as leaders of the drug trafficking organization.


Ten other local residents have been charged in the case including Fernando Arvizu Diaz, Mario Morales “Oscar Paz” or “Flaco” Gonzalez, Crystal Denise Strickland, Travis Lamonze Parr, Debra L. Parr, Christopher Levi Chaney and Calvin Wesley Douberly, all of Blackshear; Eddie Clay “Little Eddie” Teston and Timothy Bradley “Brad” Teston, both of Patterson and Carlos Antonio “Jose Antonio Sosa” Mendosa of Mershon.

Ten were arrested last week in Pierce County. Another is in jail on other charges and another remains at large.

Pierce County Sheriff Richard King confirmed late Thursday that his office had assisted federal authorities in the case.

“We have picked up several of those indicted and have turned them over to federal agents in Waycross,” he said.

In the indictment, which was unsealed last week, all 29 have been or will be charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) or 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

The organization has allegedly been operating in Pierce, Ware, Coffee, Brantley, Montgomery, Toombs, Glynn, Wayne, Bacon and Appling Counties since at least 2005.

In addition to the 12 local residents, another 17 people have also been indicted.

They include: Fernando Arvizu Diaz, Rhonal Luther Dixon, Lyn Carter Dixon, Joseph Paul “Joby” Creamer, Robert Jason Anderson, Davey Lee Smith, Tommy Lee Green, Kenneth Johnson “Kenny” Butler, Richard Anthony “Little Ricky” Hambrick, John Brian Schuyler, Henry Joseph McClellan, Robert Henry Hill, Sarah Olivia Bagley, James Ernest “Snoop” Edenfield, Melanie Gaye Highsmith, Jennifer Rene Nail, Michael Lee Clark and Scott Edward Smith.

Additionally, Gonzalez, Mendosa and Rhonal Dixon were also charged with federal firearms offenses, including possessing firearms as illegal aliens, convicted felons, and in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.

Booth noted that bench warrants were issued for all of the defendants. Presently, 17 have been arrested. Nine defendants were already in jail on other charges, and three defendants remain fugitives.

Initial appearances for those arrested took place in U.S. District Court in Waycross last Thursday.

The case resulted from a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Agencies participating in the investigation and take-down include the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office, the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, the Waycross Police Department, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the Altamaha Drug Task Force, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Booth praised the efforts of all agencies involved.

“The investigation was a great success and an excellent example of federal-state law enforcement collaboration,” the U.S. Attorney said.

If convicted of the charges, the defendants face statutory penalties of up to life imprisonment without parole and millions of dollars in fines. Booth stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.

The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The lead prosecutor representing the United States is Assistant U.S. Attorney Darrin L. McCullough in Savannah.

Read these stories and more in the August 6 edition of The Blackshear Times

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The following are comments from the readers. These comments are their opinions and do not necessarily represent the view of theblacksheartimes.com .

Davy Jones wrote on Aug 7, 2008 1:03 PM:

" Why to go. Get em off the streets. Honestly - they all look like they could have been indicted for being ugly. "

oppressed wrote on Aug 7, 2008 8:34 PM:

" the feds are just gustoppo wrapped in the flag! "

Dewmocracy wrote on Aug 13, 2008 7:39 AM:

" The feds are doing a great job. They are not the gustoppo in my opinion. "

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