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Axson man one of 18 arrested in federal round-up in Cook County

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FBI agents prepare for an early morning round-up in Adel Thursday. Photo courtesy of the FBI FBI agents prepare for an early morning round-up in Adel Thursday.

Thursday morning, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation  with the assistance of GBI agents, busted an alleged drug trafficking ring operating out of Adel and arrested 18 individuals. One, 54-year-old Joe Smith, was from Atkinson County.



The FBI arrested 18 of 21 individuals that had been named in a recently unsealed federal indictment. The defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances as well as additional charges for each defendant, including two charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.



Here are those who were arrested:



       Mitchell Brown, 37, Adel, GA

  • Rosa Lee Simmons, 43, Adel, GA
  • Christopher Martin, 53, Adel, GA
  • Larkem Hayes, 35, Adel, GA
  • Tyrone McCormick, 51, Adel, GA
  • Willie Keeley, 50, Adel, GA
  • Bobby Kaiser, 52, Adel, GA
  • Willie Brown, 41, Adel, GA
  • Carla McNorton, 54, Adel, GA
  • Justin Thompson, 36, Adel, GA
  • Calvin Smith, 55, Adel, GA
  • Yardley Payne, 55, Adel, GA
  • Lyric Linder, 27, Adel, GA
  • Calvin Smith Jr, 34, Tifton, GA
  • Harold Gray, 53, Adel, GA
  • Vernando Henley, 42, Valdosta, GA
  • Joe Smith, 54, Axson, GA
  • Amjed Hajjaj, 41, Dinuba, CA




The following have yet to be arrested:

  • Maria Graham, 43, Adel, GA
  • Eddie Harley, 34, Riverview FL
  • Charles Dunwoody, 44, Hollywood, CA




Anyone with information regarding this case should contact 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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