In Georgia, a drug trafficking indictment accuses 18 people with conspiracy to distribute meth and heroin

Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia, have filed charges against eighteen individuals in a 55-count indictment for drug trafficking. The defendants are accused of various offenses, including Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Methamphetamine and Heroin. Additionally, they face allegations related to drug and firearm crimes, including the illegal possession and use of firearms.

Officials stated that a thorough investigation was carried out under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) in response to significant drug trafficking activities in Toombs and Laurens counties.

The individuals facing indictment are as follows:

    • Brett Youmans, 45, of Dublin, Ga. Youmans currently is an inmate at the Coffee County Correctional Facility serving the remainder of a state sentence for illegal gun possession.
    • Woodrow Scott, 52, an inmate at Macon State Prison where he is serving a life sentence for murder.
    • Constance Marie Scott, 51, of Brookhaven, Ga., sister of Woodrow Scott.
    • Patrick Portwood, 42, of Dublin, Ga. Portwood currently is an inmate at the Burress Correctional Training Center serving the remainder of a state sentence for methamphetamine distribution.
    • Jermaine Maurice Brown, 46, of Vidalia, Ga.
    • John Taylor Jackson, 35, of Vidalia, Ga.
    • Brittany Nicole Cook, 33, of Lyons, Ga.
    • Joshua Brown, 22, of Vidalia, Ga.
    • Stacy NeeSmith, 40, Dublin, Ga.
    • Cordell Stallings,55, of Lyons, Ga.
    • Joshua James Carlo, 47, of Uvalda, Ga.
    • Willie Brown, 52, of Vidalia, Ga.
    • Jody Ivey, 42, of Ivey, Ga.
    • Antone Victoria, 43, of Vidalia, Ga.
    • Tiffany Marie Turbyfill, 33, of Twin City, Ga.
    • Laquanta King, 35, of Atlanta.
    • Wesley McRae, 40, of Hawkinsville, Ga.
    • Jaquan Collier, 24, of Vidalia, Ga. Prior to his arrest, Collier worked as a jailer at Toombs County Detention Center

In addition to facing drug-related charges, several defendants are also accused of illegally possessing firearms, as stated by officials. The indictment includes provisions for forfeiting 16 firearms that were seized during the investigation.

Several agencies collaborated in the investigation, including the DEA, FBI, GBI, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, and the Vidalia Police Department, according to officials.


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