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January 27--  A federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in federal court, has charged 16 defendants with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana in the Vidalia, Georgia area.  The indictment results from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Vidalia Police Department, Tri-Circuit Drug Task Force and United States Marshals Service. 

United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “Successful investigations such as these are the result of great cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  We are committed to prosecuting those who prey upon our communities and profit from the scourge of illegal narcotics trafficking.  This United States Attorney’s Office will also seek to seize and forfeit the ill-gotten gains from the criminal activity.”

If convicted of the drug trafficking conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a potential fine of $4,000,000.  Tarver noted that the United States is also seeking to forfeit various items of personal property involved in the offenses, including $1.5 million as the alleged proceeds of the defendants’ drug trafficking.

The 16 defendants indicted on federal charges include:

Marcus Antiwan Dickerson 34, Lithonia, Georgia

Tyson Lamar Davis, 28, Vidalia, Georgia

Eric Stephon Mclendon, 34, Vidalia, Georgia

Trenton Arlanda Kinsey, 29, Vidalia, Georgia

Dexter Jamaal Fields, 24, Mount Vernon, Georgia

Eddie Littles, III, 31, Statesboro, Georgia

Terry Powell, 26, Vidalia, Georgia

Ricardo Marquis Davis, 29, Vidalia, Georgia

Isaac Hurst, Jr., 24, Vidalia, Georgia

Alvin Christopher Hamilton, Jr., 36, Vidalia, Georgia

Zikomo Taheam Bostic, 27, Swainsboro, Georgia

Colby Terrell Williams, 27, Swainsboro, Georgia

Bobby Lewis Day, 32, Lyons, Georgia

Matthew Dontell Hill, 28, Vidalia, Georgia

Kaneesha Lashay Simpson, 21, Vidalia, Georgia and

                                    Melinda Dickerson, 52, Vidalia, Georgia

Mr. Tarver emphasized that the indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden  to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.