Savannah man convicted on federal drug charges

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A Savannah man was convicted Monday on drug charges.

After a one-day trial, a jury in federal district court found Antonio Dawon Woodley guilty on a charge that he conspired to possess and distribute cocaine in Savannah. The jury also found Woodley guilty of two counts of using a telephone in furtherance of the drug conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Woodley was one of 45 defendants indicted in November 2008 in the case of United States v. Jamerson Vashon Smalls. The Smalls investigation targeted a drug conspiracy whose members distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine in the Savannah area from September 2006 to August 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Woodley got 1/8 to 1/4 kilogram quantities of cocaine from another conspirator approximately 10 times between late 2007 and mid-2008, with the intent to distribute this cocaine to other persons, according to evidence presented at the trial.

Charges against all defendants in the case have been resolved with the exception of Javier Valdivia, who remains a fugitive. The lead defendant in the case, Jamerson Smalls, was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment on Dec. 7, 2009.

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