SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A man the Department of Justice calls a “gun-carrying pimp” admitted to illegally possessing a machine gun as well as drug trafficking and prostitution conspiracies.
Anthony Wilson Jackson, 49, faces a minimum of 30 years in prison.
The DOJ says Wilson moved thousands of pounds of marijuana through the Savannah area and ran a prostitution business that trafficked women across the country.
It was in May of 2016 when police were looking into a missing persons case that their focus shifted to Anthony "All Profit" Jackson.
Homeland Security investigators got involved, and uncovered along with other federal and local agencies a years-long drug trafficking operation and prostitution ring.
Police searched Jackson’s Savannah home in 2018 and found pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a machine gun they say he would carry with him while conducting his business.
“He was known to carry guns and threaten people with firearms. In fact, he was arrested in Savannah, Georgia threatening to murder a family member at a funeral," said Greg Gilluly, Assistant United States Attorney and one of the lead prosecutors on the Jackson case.
Jackson's modified automatic gun also packed a dangerous punch.
“This firearm had the kind of ammunition that was referred to as cop-killer ammunition because it could pierce ballistic vests," Gilluly said.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Bobby Christine, said Jackson falls in a top tier of criminal in the community, making his arrest even more significant.
“We are endeavoring to lock up that small number, to change the reality of what it’s like to live in the Southern District of Georgia. When you lock up that small number of criminals, who are repeat criminals...and what we call the alpha criminals, we believe it will make a difference. And you’re actually starting to see numbers trend in that direction," Christine said.
Homeland Security, the IRS, ATF, Postal Inspection Service and the Savannah Police all worked on the case.