THOMASVILLE -- The sentencing of 18 primarily Thomasville residents to federal prison terms comes after a 2 1/2-year investigation of crack cocaine distribution in Thomas County.

The Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division and federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the probe, which is ongoing.

"We're still anticipating pursuing crack cocaine dealers," said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice division supervisor.

Several "high-end" people in Thomas County were distributing crack cocaine, Lee explained. Under those individuals were eight to 10 others with a leader.

The 18 who entered guilty pleas did so recently in U.S. District Court in Thomasville, Valdosta and Albany. They were charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Thomas County.

The defendants, including a couple of sets of brothers and sisters, and sentences are:

- Kenneth Baker, 24 months in prison, 36 months supervised release.

- Ulysses Daniels, 78 months in prison, 60 moths supervised release.

- Nathaniel Preshay, 80 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Herbert Robinson, 180 months in prison, 48 months supervised release.

- Albert Lee Thomas, 100 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Eldon Williams, 36 months in prison, 12 months supervised release.

- Marco Hayes, 150 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Turkessa Hayes, 18 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Antonio Perry, 78 months in prison, 60 months supervised released.

- Shanika Perry, 37 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Kelvin Tillman, 46 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Tyrone Youmus, 48 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Mary Young, 46 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Demetrius Lee, 190 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Seddrick Coleman, 92 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Joby Crawford, 127 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Mike Tice, Cairo, 120 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

- Gregory Glenn, Tallahassee, Fla., 150 months in prison, 60 months supervised release.

The federal prison system has no parole.

"We anticipate numerous more arrests," Lee said.

When drug dealers are put behind bars, others step up and do the dealing.

"As long as you have a user, you're going to have a dealer," Lee explained.

However, he added, "I do understand it is a little harder to get crack in Thomas County right now."

Crack cocaine is a viable drug, always will be and is readily available, Lee said about the substance's popularity.

"There will always be dealers, no matter how hard you work it," Lee said.



Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226 -2400, ext. 220.

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