Jacksonville man among 23 indicted in federal drug trafficking scheme

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:46:44 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 12:37:10 PM EST
SAVANNAH, Ga. -

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 23 defendants with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine in operations from Atlanta to Brunswick.

Michael Dewayne Jackson, 40, of Jacksonville, was among those arrested.

One of the defendants is also charged with the unlawful possession of 23 kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute it.

The indictments follow a two-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation into drug trafficking activities within Savannah, Atlanta and elsewhere.

The investigation culminated in arrests and search warrants being executed on Nov. 29 in the following Georgia locations: Pooler, Garden City, Savannah, Atlanta and Brunswick. Search Warrants were also executed in South Carolina.

During the investigation, agents seized kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $2.7 million. Agents seized pounds of marijuana, with a street value of nearly $50,000, more than $300,000 in cash, and numerous automobiles. Additionally, agents seized 10 firearms from convicted felons.

The defendants face a possible life sentence if convicted of the charges.