Last defendant sentenced in regional drug conspiracy

The last of 22 defendants arrested in what officials called a “massive cocaine trafficking conspiracy” has been sentenced to 3 years, 10 months in prison.

Eddie Dewayne Galison, 29, of Memphis, Tenn., was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday for his role in the drug ring that supplied cocaine to McDuffie, Warren, Columbia and Hancock counties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Galison’s arrest and the dismantling of the operation were the result of a joint investigation by local law enforcement, including the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Thomson Police Department, and federal agencies such as the FBI.

“Federal and local law enforcement cooperation has resulted in a complete disruption of a major drug trafficking organization, and the incarceration of a number of dangerous criminals,” U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said in a statement.

Other defendants sentenced for their roles in the drug trafficking conspiracy are:

• William Leon Woods, 31, Decatur, Ga., 5 years, 8 months in prison

• Kevin Elliott Gaines, 31, Thomson, 9 years, 11 months

• Antonio Dantwan Grisson, 29, Thomson, 10 years

• Gregory Valentino Ivey, 25, Thomson, 13 years, 6 months

• Solomon Mandrell Grier, 33, Thomson, 8 years, 8 months

• Devicco Troy Moss, 30, Thomson, 8 years, 1 month

• Cedric Ferlando Johnson, 31, Norwood, Ga., 4 years, 10 months

• Robert Lee Belton, 33, Thomson, 13 years, 2 months

• Chris Antonio Moss, 34, Thomson, 12 years, 8 months

• Santonio Tywan Cartledge, 29, Thomson, 5 years

• Ernest Roymettris Hatcher, 29, Sparta, Ga., 4 years, 3 months

• Sanchez Vanquis Jones, 28, Thomson, 2 years, 6 months

• Robert Lee Williams, 32, Thomson, 10 years, 9 months

• James Bouttry, 25, Thomson, 9 years, 6 months

• Tito Navada Hatcher, 38, Sparta, 10 months

• Robert Lee Neal Sr., 50, Thomson, 3 years, 10 months

• Jamario Quilton Lee, 27, Thomson, 1 year, 9 months

• Mario Deangelo Clemons, 29, Thomson, 4 years

• Quantavious Antwain Dawson, 28, Thomson, 1 year, 10 months

• Christine Michelle Willingham, 37, Appling, 2 years, 1 month

• Debra Gaines, 50, Thomson, sentenced to 5 years on probation

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