More than two dozen people in south Augusta have been indicted on federal gun and drug charges.

The announcement was made during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The indictments are part of Operation 30906 which targets career criminals in the South Augusta area.

The defendants charged are:

  • Lequita Brady, 29, Augusta;
  • Jeffrey Brown, 46, Augusta;
  • Alphonso Burley, 27, Augusta;
  • Quinton Clayton, 24, Augusta;
  • Marty Copeland, 44, Augusta;
  • Adrian Curry, 39, Augusta;
  • Michelle Davis, 29, Augusta;
  • Jarhmal Gibson, 30, Augusta;
  • Drequan Gray, 24, Augusta;
  • Anthony Habersham, 54, Augusta;
  • Marquis Jones, 29, Augusta;
  • Charles King, 36, Hephzibah;
  • Dustin McClellan, 23, Augusta;
  • Von McNeely, 31, Augusta;
  • Keto “Silk” Morgan, 37, Augusta;
  • Matthew Nattinger, 39, Augusta;
  • Kaone Riley, 29, Allendale, S.C.;
  • Alvin Sturgis, 31, Augusta;
  • Tomario “Jabo” Thomas, 31, Augusta; and,
  • Dana Williams, 34, Augusta.

Additional defendants arrested during Operation 30906 face state charges, including aggravated assault, armed robbery, kidnapping and firearms offenses. Those arrested include:

  • Terry Stanley, 40, Augusta;
  • Shawn Khaaliq Holliman, 20, Augusta;
  • Deondre Ware, 25, Augusta;             
  • Marqueen Mays, 33, Hephzibah;      
  • Alvin Bell, 20, Augusta;           
  • Makale Austin Jones, 19, Augusta; and,              
  • Devonte Bryant, 19, Augusta.

“The law-abiding citizens of the 30906 zip code in Augusta are victimized by a relative handful of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. “This operation is a vital step toward returning the security stolen by such lawless behavior.”

Sheriff Richard Roundtree emphasized that the No. 1 goal of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is the reduction of violent crime. “These indictments/arrests are a testament to the hard-working deputies of the Sheriff’s Office along with their federal and state partners,” Roundtree said. “The Sheriff’s Office will continue do everything possible to insure the safety/security of the Richmond County community and its citizens.”