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Sentences handed down for meth ring

Locals among those headed to federal prison

POSTED: May 12, 2017 5:38 p.m.

Statesboro, GA – Jeramie Thomas Leslie, 31, of Guyton, was sentenced earlier this week by United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 112 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Leslie was the last of 13 defendants convicted as part of a joint federal and state operation targeting methamphetamine trafficking in South Georgia. 

 

The additional 12 defendants sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the meth trafficking ring included:

 

John Christopher Paulson, 40, of Rincon, who was sentenced to 132 months and 3 years supervised release;

William Preston Gibbs, 22, of Glennville, who was sentenced to 82 months and 3 years supervised release;

Jeremiah Jones Richardson, 29, of Statesboro, who was sentenced to 70 months and 3 years supervised release;

Jason Todd Smith, 44, of Fleming, who was sentenced to 230 months and 3 years supervised release;

Jeremy Nicholas Taylor, 27, of Ellabell, who was sentenced to 82 months and 3 years supervised release;

Samori Jodan Smokes, 35, of Eden, who was sentenced to 132 months and 3 years supervised release;

Scott Lamont Pointer, 35, of Ellabell, who was sentenced to 52 months and 3 years supervised release;

Timothy Wayne Davis, 49, of Ellabell, who was sentenced to 48 months and 3 years supervised release;

Christopher Gage Floyd, 21, of Pembroke, who was sentenced to 46 months and 3 years supervised release;

Kenneth Jordan Lane, 24, of Pembroke, who was sentenced to 52 months and 3 years supervised release;

Jeffery James Taylor, 28, of Ellabell, who was sentenced to 48 months and 3 years supervised release; and,

Casandra Rae Hendrix, 24, of Ellabell, who was sentenced to 24 months and 3 years supervised release.

Acting U. S. Attorney Jim Durham commended the work of the agencies involved in the joint federal-state investigation, including the DEA, GBI, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, the Richmond Hill Police Department and the Pembroke Police Department.  Assistance was also provided by the Rincon Police Department and the United States Marshal’s Service. 

 

Assistant United States Attorney Charlie Bourne prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (912) 201-2522.

 

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