Middle District of Georgia |  Atlanta-based central Georgia meth supplier pleads guilty to fentanyl

MACON, Ga. – An Atlanta resident who supplied large quantities of controlled substances, including fentanyl, to dealers in Milledgeville Parish, Georgia, pleaded guilty to his crime in federal court this week; Other members of the conspiracy were also convicted.

Lagary Williams, aka “Frog,” 40, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Oct. 30 to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, followed by at least five years of supervised release and a $10,000,000 fine. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 7, 2024.

The following co-defendants, all Milledgeville residents, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and were sentenced to prison on October 31:

  • Damon Hayes aka “D-5” was sentenced to 275 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release;
  • Derek Ingram was sentenced to 190 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release;
  • Quintavius ​​Horton aka “Bloody Bae” was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release; And
  • Travarious Davis, aka “D Red,” was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Co-defendant Billy Harper of Milledgeville was sentenced Oct. 31 to 18 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

Chief U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell is presiding over the cases. The defendants are not eligible for probation.

“This Organized Crime Task Force case ultimately prevented enough fentanyl to kill hundreds of thousands of people from reaching the streets, undoubtedly saving lives in Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “Stopping the armed fentanyl trafficking and arresting those associated with the distribution of fentanyl is a top priority for our office and our law enforcement partners.”

“Fentanyl and methamphetamine have taken a terrible toll on our communities,” said Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta Division. “This drug trafficker and his associates will now face the consequences of their actions.”

“A large quantity of deadly fentanyl and methamphetamine has been removed from the streets of central Georgia and a key supplier has been stopped,” said GBI Director Chris Hosey. “Working with law enforcement at all levels, GBI will continue to dedicate resources to the investigation of armed drug distribution activities, working together to make the communities we serve safer.”

“Our primary supply of medications to Central Georgia comes from Atlanta. “The work of local, state and federal law enforcement linked this drug trafficking network in Baldwin County to a major supplier in Atlanta,” said retired Ocmulgee Drug Task Force Commander Wesley Nunn. “Every time we catch a fentanyl supplier, we save a lot of lives.”

According to court documents, agents with the DEA Macon Resident Office (MRO), the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force (ODTF), and the GBI received credible and reliable information from multiple confidential sources about illegal drug activity in the Milledgeville area in July 2020. Hayes was identified as Multi- Kilogram dealer of methamphetamine, powder cocaine and crack with Williams as a source. Through surveillance, agents observed Hayes obtaining large quantities of narcotics from Williams’ luxury high-rise apartment in downtown Atlanta.

On September 10, 2021, a federal search warrant issued in the Northern District of Georgia was executed at Williams’ residence after wiretaps indicated that Hayes traveled to Atlanta to meet Williams for a drug supply meeting. The agents encountered Williams and another person, both of whom jumped from the balcony of the apartment to avoid capture. Both people were subsequently captured.

Officers seized 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl from the apartment, as well as one kilogram of methamphetamine, two kilograms of cocaine, approximately 50 grams of cocaine base, approximately seven pounds of marijuana, a 9mm Glock 19 pistol and a Ruger Model 57 handgun.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, dismantles, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency, intelligence-led approach. For more information about the OCDETF program, visit https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The case was investigated by the DEA, GBI, the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta-Carolina’s HIDTA Office and the Gwinnett Metro Task Force.

Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigation Will Keyes is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Kalim previously prosecuted the case.