MACON, Ga. (AP) — A center Georgia man was discovered responsible of three racketeering prices on Monday, recognized by authorities in courtroom as the top of a regional drug-dealing operation.
Dexter Lee Williams, 53, was arrested in March 2020 after a probe by the Houston County Drug Investigations unit related him to a cargo of 87 kilos (39 kilograms) of cocaine value practically $4 million, in line with authorities.
Williams confirmed no emotion in courtroom as the decision was learn, The Macon Telegraph reported. He may resist 60 years in jail at sentencing.
Williams’ lawyer, Wanda Jackson, had argued at trial that prosecutors overstepped their bounds and that the fees have been improperly introduced, the newspaper reported. Jackson additionally argued that Williams was not half of a Houston County conspiracy and had solely offered medicine to a Macon man whose connections had dealings in neighboring communities.
Prosecutors countered by saying to jurors that Williams’ actions have been half of a protracted sample of legal exercise. Williams was beforehand sentenced to 37 months in jail in 2007 for marijuana distribution, they stated.
Houston County prosecutor Greg Winters stated the cargo value practically $4 million was seized in March 2020 in south Macon and he was stunned by its dimension.
“In my time as a prosecutor, I’ve by no means seen the quantity of unlawful medicine that have been introduced in in a single cargo alone,” Winters advised the Telegraph.
Authorities stated they used wiretaps and different surveillance strategies in the course of the investigation and that greater than 25,000 phone conversations and textual content messages have been monitored. They stated the probe additionally led to the arrests of of greater than a dozen suspected native sellers.
Winters performed a number of phone requires the jury during which Williams might be heard arranging drug offers.
According to prosecutors, Williams’ community provided narcotics to sellers throughout the area, together with in Butts County and the Jackson space. One official testified the group had doubtless been working for greater than 5 years.
Prosecutors additionally stated Williams deliberate to broaden operations into the Washington, D.C.,. and New York City areas with cocaine provided by Mexico’s Gulf Cartel.
Houston’s Acting District Attorney William Kendall stated in a press release that Williams’ drug operation “put cash over all the things else” and that Williams had no concern about what number of lives he impacted or devastated.
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