Breaking: 4 Monroe residents sentenced in federal court for illegal drug and gun conspiracy

Investigation result of gang activity in Lacy and Davis Streets

ATHENS: On Wednesday, four Monroe residents were sentenced in federal court as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal drug and gun distribution conspiracy. According to United States Attorney Charles E. Peeler, the four defendants were sentenced on Sept. 5, 2018, by the Honorable C. Ashley Royal in Athens for their roles in the conspiracy. The investigation into the conspiracy was began in May 2015 and involved drugs and gang activities in and around Davis and Lacy Streets in Monroe. Members the MPD Drug Unit partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to tackle the increased activity by Gangster Disciples gang members in the area. This resulted in the identification of numbers co-conspirators and ultimately their indictment in the Middle District of Georgia on a variety of drug and firearm distribution charges.

The following four (4) defendants were sentenced on Sept. 5, 2018:

•             Lachievious Smith a/k/a “Chief,” “Cheese,” “Chiev,” age 30, of Monroe , Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  June 14, 2018

Offense:  Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Sentence:  200 months imprisonment

•             Chauncey Brantley a/k/a “Murder,” age 23, of Monroe, Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  June 13, 2018

Offenses:   Distribution of Methamphetamine;

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

Sentence:  120 months imprisonment

•             Kendarious Gaither a/k/a “KD,” age 22, of Monroe, Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  June 1, 2018

Offense:  Possession of a Firearm in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime

Sentence:  60 months imprisonment

•             Emmanuel Smith, a/k/a “Man-Man,” age 32, of Monroe, Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  June 1, 2018

Offense:  Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Sentence:  30 months imprisonment

The following defendants were previously sentenced:

•             Anthony Smith, a/k/a “Ant,” “Unc,” of Monroe, Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  January 3, 2018

Offense:  Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Sentence date:  April 17, 2018

Sentence:  34 months imprisonment

•             Brittany Porter, of Monroe, Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  January 3, 2018

Offense:  Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Sentence date:  April 17, 2018

Sentence:  10 months imprisonment

•             Krysty Davis-Smith, of Monroe, Georgia

Guilty plea entered:  November 16, 2017

Offense:  Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Sentence date:  February 4, 2018

Sentence:  3 years of probation

Another co-defendant, James Anthony Johnson, entered a guilty plea on June 4, 2018, to Distribution of Crack Cocaine   Mr. Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for October 3, 2018.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is a program that reportedly has a history of success in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.

“Organizations that attempt to control areas of our community so they can deal drugs and sell guns with no regard for the safety of others will not be tolerated,” Peeler said in the press release.  “I want to thank the FBI and the Monroe Police Department for their hard work in this investigation.”

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Monroe Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett handled the prosecution of the defendants.

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