Drug-trafficking operation run 350 feet from DeKalb charter school

Two men have been sentenced in federal court for running a drug-trafficking operation in a house near Chamblee Charter High School.

Walter Ray Hamilton, 35, of Stone Mountain, got six years, three months in prison to be followed by six years of supervised release, according to a news release. James Robert “Sean” Jones, 43, of Dallas was sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison plus three years of supervised release.

“These cocaine and marijuana distributors were blinded by greed and power,” said Daniel R. Salter, the agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta office. “They also had the audacity to conduct their unlawful activities in close proximity to an educational facility, which cannot and will not be tolerated."

According to U.S. Attorney John Horn’s office, Hamilton lived in the house in 2014 and was frequently visited by other members of the organization, including Jones, who brought packages. Numerous kilos of cocaine, marijuana and even methamphetamine were seized in the investigation.

Also seized: seven handguns, a bullet proof vest, $65,200 in cash and a stolen BMW.

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