Federal Sentences Handed Down in Major Drug Distribution Network

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Federal Sentences had been handed down concerning a major drug distribution network that had been operating in an around Meriwether County, various parts of the State of Georgia and the State of Florida. The initial press release concerning this investigation which was provided on July 3, 2014 is below listed as a reference to the case.

“Our agency along with various other local, state and federal agencies conducted an investigation into a major drug distribution network starting around June 2013. This investigation was in regard to the Jackson Drug Trafficking Organization, (DTO) operating out of Meriwether County, Georgia. This operation spanned from the Metro Atlanta area into the Panama City area in the State of Florida. From the start of this investigation it was determined that two brothers, Harlan Orlando Jackson, “OJ” and Christopher Brent Jackson, “CJ” and the wife of “CJ”, Tiffany Jackson had been distributing large quantities of methamphetamine from their Meriwether County homes on Kodiak Lane in Greenville, Ga.

The Jackson’s had connections with a Mexican Drug Cartel, Elmer Ochoa of Atlanta, Ga. and Jose Manuel Lopez of Lake City, Florida. The Metro Atlanta area is where they would obtain the drugs and redistribute to local dealers. One of these additional local dealers that was arrested and charged was Leon Buchanan of Grantville, Ga. Buchanan was also selling methamphetamine in the counties of Meriwether, Coweta and surrounding areas. Other additional offenders identified in this DTO were Angela Nash of Newnan, Ga., and Andrea McNally of Panama City, Florida. Nash and McNally would travel back and forth from Panama City, Florida to Meriwether County transporting large quantities of methamphetamine that they purchased from the DTO. They were then reselling the methamphetamine to the local dealers in Panama City, Florida. As the investigation progressed three additional offenders were identified in the Panama City, Florida area. These offenders were identified as Brenda Davis, Jeremy “Jay” Hayes and Jonnie Jeter all of Panama City, Florida. These offenders were distributing the methamphetamine in Florida.

During the investigation, 10 Kilograms or around 18 pounds of Methamphetamine have been determined to have been sold and seized.

All eleven offenders in this DTO were indicted in the United States Federal Court of the Northern District of Georgia where they all plead guilty to the following offenses and sentenced to Federal Prison:

The following offenders were sentenced in the Northern District of The United States Federal Court in a Drug trafficking Organization in Methamphetamine that resulted over 100 years of incarceration.

     1.  Harlan Orlando Jackson AKA “OJ” – Greenville, Ga. /300 months with 10 years supervised probation, drug treatment program and the forfeiture of 105/131 Kodiak Lane.

                  Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine WID

                  Possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine

                  Maintaining an establishment for distribution of drugs

     2.  Christopher Brent Jackson AKA “CJ” – Greenville, Ga. /156 months with 5 years supervised probation, drug treatment program and the forfeiture of 103 Kodiak Lane.

                  Maintaining an establishment for distribution of drugs

                  Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine WID

     3.  Tiffany Jackson – Greenville, Ga. / 33 months and 3 years supervised probation and the forfeiture of 103 Kodiak Lane.

                   Maintaining an establishment for distribution of drugs

                   Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine WID

     4.  Brenda Davis – Panama City Fl. / 94 months and 5 years supervised probation and drug treatment program.

                   Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine WID

     5.  Andrea McNally – Panama City, Fl. / 26 months and 5 years supervised probation and drug treatment program.

                   Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine WID

     6.   Leon Buchannan AKA “June Bug” – Grantville, Ga. / 60 months and five years supervised probation, and drug treatment program.

                   Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine WID

     7.   Jose Manuel Lopez – Lake City Fl. / 144 months, 5 years supervised probation and ordered to Immigrations and Customs for deportation.

                   Conspiracy to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine WID

     8.   Elmer V. Ochoa – Atlanta, Ga. / 162 months, 5 years supervised probation and ordered to Immigrations and Customs for deportation.

                   Conspiracy to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine WID

                   Possession of firearm

     9.   Angela Nash – Newnan, Ga. / 98 months, 5 years supervised probation and drug treatment

                   Conspiracy to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine WID

                    Possession of firearm

     10. Jeremy Hayes – Panama City, Fl. / 78 months, 5 years supervised probation

                    Conspiracy to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine WID

     11. Jonnie Jeter – Panama City, Fl. / To be sentenced June 23 2016

                     Conspiracy to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine WID

This was a long investigation that spanned many different jurisdictions and agencies that crossed state lines. I am appreciative in the hard work and collaboration between all agencies involved to shut the drug trafficking organization down. Our personnel played a major role in bringing this DTO network down and our guys stayed with this all the way through to the sentences being handed down.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

Below listed is the original release that was done on this case investigation on July 3, 2014.

Major Drug Distributors Arrest on Kodiak Lane, Greenville, Georgia

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at about 0600 hours, approximately forty-five officers, four K-9 units, representing various law enforcement agencies, simultaneously converged on two homes on Kodiak Lane and a home on Keepsake Lane, Greenville, Georgia to carry out the execution of multiple search warrants. “We executed search warrants at 103 and 105 Kodiak Lane, Greenville, Georgia regarding the distribution of methamphetamine. We also went to 12 Keepsake Lane Greenville, Georgia to locate a wanted fugitive in reference to the charges of Armed Robbery out of Greenville, Georgia and Kidnapping out of Troup County, Georgia.” Smith advised.

“The search warrants executed at Kodiak Lane homes resulted from a joint eight month undercover operation with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, our Narcotics Task Force and the DEA. The investigation also involved the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office through a collaborative investigation. Intelligence gathered during this investigation resulted in the arrest of Christopher Brent Jackson and his brother Harlan O. Jackson, both of Kodiak Lane, Greenville, Georgia. Additional arrest are pending of those involved in the distribution and trafficking in large quantities of methamphetamines. The location in which the brothers resided created a hardship on the investigative efforts. They had several layers of defenses in place that made the search warrant execution difficult. Once we had the right circumstances and best opportunity available we executed our search warrants. These search warrant executions and the continuous investigation turned up great results. We were able to seize seven kilograms (kilo’s) of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $420,000.00. That is approximately thirteen pounds of meth. We had additional seizures of U.S. Currency, seventeen motor vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheelers, and we are proceeding to seize the two houses and the parcels of land they are located on. We arrested Christopher Brent Jackson, B/M, 38 yoa., 602’ hgt., 198 lbs., blk hair, bro eyes, address: 103 Kodiak Lane, his wife Tiffany L. Jackson, B/F, 30 yoa., 505’ hgt., 205 lbs., blk hair, bro eyes, of 103 Kodiak Lane and Harlan Orlando Jackson B/M, 602’, 210 lbs., blk hair, bro eyes, of 105 Kodiak Lane, Greenville, Georgia for the offenses of Trafficking in Methamphetamine. These subjects are being held in the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail without bond. There is additional arrest pending and this investigation is still on-going.” Sheriff Smith said.