11 sentenced for meth, marijuana distribution ring in Middle Georgia, Atlanta

Eight people were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in a methamphetamine and marijuana ring based in Middle Georgia.

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Eight people were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in a methamphetamine and marijuana ring based in Middle Georgia.

A Middle Georgia methamphetamine and marijuana distribution conspiracy was busted by authorities, leading to guilty pleas from 11 people, including three from metro Atlanta, and eight sentences Tuesday.

In April 2016, law enforcement began investigation Walter Williams, 40, known as “Bubba,” for distributing large quantities of meth from his home in Lizella, Middle Georgia U.S. Attorney Charles E. Peeler said in a news release.

Authorities were able to conduct several controlled purchases that totaled over 550 grams of meth from Williams’ home and other places within Middle Georgia, the release said.

A court order allowed investigators to tap Williams’ cellphones, and they intercepted messages from Sept. 2016 through Oct. 2016, the release said. Through this, they confirmed he supplied Atlanta with large quantities of meth and marijuana.

On Oct. 20, 2016, agents executed a search warrant and seized nearly 3,000 grams of d-Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, which is more commonly known as “ice,” and arrested Williams, the release said.

Williams was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison, the release said.

The other people sentenced Wednesday were Bobby Martinez, 28, of East Point; Antonio Mendez-Ramos, 33, of Jonesboro; Ruben Perez, 32, of Covington; Layla Keaney, 38, of Gray; Ashlee Shaw, 29, of Lizella; Danna Stokes, 38, of Bonaire; and Shana Walker, 33, of Macon.

Their sentences vary from five years probation to 20 years in prison, the release said.

Three other people involved in this conspiracy, who have also plead guilty, were previously sentenced.

One more defended, who was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, will be sentenced Sept. 19, the release said.

The investigation was conducted by the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and GBI with assistance form the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

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