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Two men from Hinesville, one from Ludowici given prison time, fines

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POSTED: July 2, 2014 9:19 a.m.

DUBLIN, Ga. — Twenty-one defendants have been sentenced for their involvement in a Dodge County area drug-trafficking organization, including two men from Hinesville and one from Ludowici.
Antonio Smiley, 35, of Hinesville was sentenced to 120 months in prison, five years of supervised released and a $2,000 fine.
Tron Baker, 34, of Hinesville, was sentenced to 27 months in prison, five years of supervised release, a $1,500 fine and 40 hours of community service.
Johnny Fabian, 60, of Ludowici, was sentenced to 45 months in prison, five years of supervised release for each count, a $1,000 fine and a $200 special assessment.
The case officially was closed last month when the 21st and final sentence was handed down, giving Dwight Eady, 31, of Milan, Georgia, 70 months in prison.
The cocaine-trafficking organization operated out of Dodge, Telfair and Laurens counties.
“This case provides another example of the outstanding results achieved when federal and state law enforcements partner together to investigate and prosecute large-scale drug-trafficking organizations. If you push poison in our communities, you can expect to spend years in a federal prison,” United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said.  
The case was investigated by the DEA, the Oconee Drug Task Force, the Telfair County Sheriff’s Office and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Georgia State Patrol and the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant U.S. attorneys Charlie Bourne and Greg Gilluly prosecuted the case.


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