Two Pierce County men — including the lead defendant — have pled guilty to federal charges in a Waycross area fentanyl and heroin trafficking operation.

Eric Lashawn “Pee Wee” Hayes,” 28, Blackshear, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Because of a prior drug felony conviction, Hayes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, up to life, along with substantial financial penalties, and a minimum of eight years of supervised release upon completion of any prison term.