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Meth ring convictions send 13 to federal prison

POSTED: May 19, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Thirteen Southeast Georgia residents, including one from Fleming, were sentenced to federal prison last week in U.S. District Court for their roles in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.

The ring included 13 defendants convicted in the joint federal and state operation targeting meth trafficking in South Georgia. All were sentenced by United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.

Those sentenced include:
• Jeremy Nicholas Taylor, 27, of Ellabell, who was sentenced to 82 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Scott Lamont Pointer, 35, of Ellabell, 52 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Timothy Wayne Davis, 49, of Ellabell, 48 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Christopher Gage Floyd, 21, of Pembroke, 46 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Kenneth Jordan Lane, 24, of Pembroke, 52 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Jeffery James Taylor, 28, of Ellabell, 48 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Casandra Rae Hendrix, 24, of Ellabell, 24 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Jeramie Thomas Leslie, 31, of Guyton, 112 months, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
• John Christopher Paulson, 40, of Rincon, 132 months and 3 years supervised release.
• William Preston Gibbs, 22, of Glennville, 82 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Jeremiah Jones Richardson, 29, of Statesboro, 70 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Jason Todd Smith, 44, of Fleming, 230 months and 3 years supervised release.
• Samori Jodan Smokes, 35, of Eden, 132 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 U.S. Marshal’s Service.

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