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17 sentenced Operation Ruffian anti-gang probe

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Seventeen people were sentenced as part of a federal and state investigation aimed at offenders in the Savannah neighborhoods of Cuyler-Brownsville and Carver Heights.

The anti-gang and violent crime operation dubbed Operation Ruffian targeted 40 people for prosecution. The investigation was spearheaded by the Savannah Area Regional Gun Enforcement Task Force, which was led by the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

"What we tried to do was pick out the worst of the worst, the guys who have been doing this for years and seemingly get away with it. Because they were out there on the streets getting away with it. I'd say we were extremely successful identifying and dealing with the right people," said Det. Kevin Grogan, of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. 

Those charged in the operation were responsible for distributing cocaine and other street drugs valued at more than $188,000, according to a news release from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Investigators executed 14 search warrants and recovered 43 firearms, including 11 stolen firearms, which were used in the commission of crimes.

U.S. District Attorney Ed Tarver said in a statement that those indicted were responsible for a consistent pattern of drug dealing and firearms violations and that two local gangs were disrupted as a result of the operation.

Twenty-three are being prosecuted by the Chatham County District Attorney's Office. Seventeen people were convicted and sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia:

Samuel A. Graham, 36, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking. Graham was sentenced on Oct. 12, 201, to 151 months in prison.

Antwan L. Cross, 35, of  Savannah, was convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  Cross was sentenced on July 27, 2011, to 60 months in prison.

Brian R. Fallon, Jr., 25, of Savannah, was convicted of possessing an unregistered firearm.  Fallon was sentenced on Nov.18, 2011, to 20 months in prison.

Johnny J. Early, 34, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking and for possessing a firearm as a felon.  He was sentenced on May 9, 2012, to 50 months in prison.

Kewan G. Roberson, 23, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking and for possessing a firearm as a felon. Roberson was sentenced on May 23, 2012, to 49 months in prison.   

Randy M. Lewis, 25, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking and for possessing a firearm as a felon.  He was sentenced on May 7, 2012, to 54 months in prison.

Marco O. Washington, 34, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking.  He was sentenced on March 22 to 60 months in prison.

Leearnell J. White Jr., aka "Scrootney," 31, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking.  He was sentenced on Nov. 7, 2012, to 48 months in prison.

Edward B. Cone, 33, of Savannah, was convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon.  He was sentenced on Oct. 17, 2012, to 66 months in prison.

Linwood A. Brown, 53, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking. Brown was sentenced on Nov. 28, 2012, to 114 months in prison.

Eric L. McPherson, 41, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking. He was sentenced on Oct. 31, 2012 to 160 months in prison.

Dominique A. Bostic, 19, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking and a related firearm offense.  Bostic was sentenced on Oct. 12, 2011, to 151 months in prison.

Willie L. Smith, 30, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking and for possessing a firearm as a felon. He was sentenced on April 11 to 72 months in prison.  

Edward D. Singleton, 31, of Savannah, was convicted of drug trafficking.  He was sentenced on May 13 to 151 months imprisonment.

Michael P. Griffin, 23, of Savannah, was convicted of two separate federal firearm offenses.  He was sentenced on July 24 to 154 months in prison.  

Travis L. Young, 19, of Savannah, was convicted of two separate federal firearm offenses. He was sentenced on July 25 to 180 months in prison.  

Cedric Reynolds, 24, of Savannah, was convicted of possessing a firearm as a prohibited person. He was sentenced on June 21 to 188 months in prison. 

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