Middle Georgia defendants indicted in drug trafficking conspiracy
Operation Breaking the Bond targeted meth, cocaine, marijuana
MACON, GA (STL.News) Twelve defendants have been charged in a newly unsealed federal indictment alleging a middle Georgia drug trafficking conspiracy.
Eight men and four women are charged as part of Operation Breaking the Bond, an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation centered in the Bibb County area, said David H. Estes, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia is recused from the case, which is being prosecuted by the Southern District.
As described in the recently unsealed indictment, each of the 12 defendants is charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Controlled Substances, including 5 kilograms or more of cocaine; 28 grams or more of “crack” cocaine; and a quantity of marijuana. The charge carries upon conviction a penalty of up to life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
“This operation demonstrates the hard work and dedication of federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals in interdicting and disrupting the channels of illegal drug distribution in our communities,” said Acting U.S.