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'Dawg' drug ringleader sentenced to 25 years

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VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) -

The leader of a large drug trafficking ring running out of Vidalia was sentenced Monday in federal court to 25 years in prison. 

Marcus Antiwan Dickerson, aka Dawg, 35, of Vidalia, was one of 15 who was charged as part of 55-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury in January 2012. Dickerson received the biggest sentence.

The 15 people involved pleaded guilty and received a sentence of more than 11 years in prison.  The convictions was the result of a two-year investigation conducted by DEA, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force. 

Dickerson led the ring, which distributed powder and crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on a large scale in Toombs, Emanuel, Bulloch, Montgomery and Treutlen counties.  Most of the cocaine distributed by the operation was obtained by Dickerson in the Atlanta area, where he also maintained a residence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

At the time of the offenses, Dickerson had absconded from supervision by Georgia Dept. of Corrections parole for a prior cocaine trafficking sentence in 2002, according to a news release. There is no parole in the federal system. 

"Illegal drugs are not only a problem in Georgia, they are a plague on our entire nation. This Defendant was an enormous threat to the South Georgia communities that he targeted. Those who peddle and profit from this scourge in our communities can expect to spend decades in federal prison," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.                                            

These defendants were also convicted and sentenced in connection with the operation:

 

  • Tyson Lamar Davis, 29, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 230 months in prison.
  • Eric Stephon McClendon, 35, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 235 months in prison.
  • Trenton Arlanda Kinsey, 30, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 78 months in prison.
  • Dexter Jamaal Fields, 25, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to 63 months in prison.
  • Eddie Littles III, 32, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 188 months in prison.
  • Terry Powell, 27, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 148 months in prison.
  • Ricardo Marquis Davis, 30, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 168 months in prison.
  • Isaac Hurst, Jr., 25, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 63 months in prison.
  • Alvin C. Hamilton, Jr., 37, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 225 months in prison.
  • Zikomo Taheam Bostic, 28, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 96 months in prison.
  • Colby Terrell Williams, 28, of Swainsboro, was sentenced to 64 months in prison.
  • Bobby Lewis Day, 33, of Lyons, was sentenced to 73 months in prison.
  • Matthew Dontel Hill, 29, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
  • Kaneesha Lashay Simpson, 22, of Vidalia, was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

 

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