DOJ Announces Arrests in Middle Georgia Drug Conspiracy and Dog Fighting Ring Investigation
MACON, GA (STL.News) An indictment was unsealed today charging 11 individuals in a 136-count federal indictment including alleged violations of drug conspiracy, drug distribution, drug possession with the intent to distribute, drug possession, as well as violations of the dog fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, and conspiracy to commit the same, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary of the Middle District of Georgia and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jean Williams for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division.
The defendants include: Jarvis Lockett, 40, of Warner Robins, Georgia; Derrick Owens, 37, of Woodland, Georgia; Christopher Raines, 50, of Talbotton, Georgia; Armard Davis, 41, of Fort Valley, Georgia; Jason Carter, 38, of Phoenix City, Alabama; Shaquille Bentley, 26, of Roberta, Georgia; Bryanna Holmes, 24, of Fort Valley, Georgia; Vernon Vegas, 49, of Suwanee, Georgia; Lekey Davis, 45, of Talbotton, Georgia, Kathy Ann Whitfield, 61, of Columbus, Georgia; and Rodrick Walton, 40, of Shiloh, Georgia.
An indictment is a set of allegations based upon a finding of probable cause by a grand jury. A defendant is presumed innocent until convicted.