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Feds nab 28 in Southern District's most successful drug investigation, still looking for four suspects


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Featured The following individuals are still wanted as a part of Operation Sandy Bottom: Antion Dewayne Byrd, Leo Lee Vonza Pender, James Lamar McGinty, and Marquis Jacques. Submitted photo The following individuals are still wanted as a part of Operation Sandy Bottom: Antion Dewayne Byrd, Leo Lee Vonza Pender, James Lamar McGinty, and Marquis Jacques.

Last week’s federal drug trafficking operation in Coffee and surrounding counties, dubbed Operation Sandy Bottom, resulted in the arrests of 28 suspected drug traffickers. It has been called the Southern District’s most successful illegal drug investigation.


Among those arrested were some of the alleged biggest suppliers of a variety of illegal drugs in the area. Four individuals, the photos of whom can be seen above, remain at large: Marquis Jacques, Leo Lee Vonza Pender, Antion Dewayne Byrd, and James Lamar McGinty. One suspect, Gloria Jean Vickers, is hospitalized with COVID-19 in a Middle Georgia facility. She will be taken into custody once her condition improves.

 

Of those arrested last Tuesday, the following were denied bond:

 

Brad Vickers
Ellis Lowe
Montel Jackson
Alfonza Brewton
Robert Peak
Coty Bailey
Philip Morgan
Rodney Shaw
Eden Wright


These individuals were granted bond and released:

Naiyah Williams
Ebony Smiley
Jessica Burnett
Idalis Harrell
Brenda Sloan
Ana Garcia
Tabitha Weldon

All have certain conditions with their bonds, including but not limited to ankle monitors, house detention, random drug tests, and having no contact with specified individuals.


The following detainees are scheduled for bond hearings Tuesday and Wednesday of this week:

 

Avie Wright
Amos Brantley
Alexander Tyson
Tomika Evans
Reggie Johnson
Javarra Vickers
Shanizia Brock
Montana McGinty
Erick Hunter
Ricky Leon
Michael Thomas
Kenric Lott

 

If anyone has any  information regarding the wanted subjects, please contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 384-4227, the TIPS Line at (912) 383-8477, the Douglas Police Department at (912) 384-2222, or case agents Scott Sapp at (912) 222-3511 or Jesse Martinez at (912) 381-1664.

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