PROJECT GUARDIAN: More than a dozen defendants indicted for federal gun crimes, drug trafficking

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GEORGIA (WJBF) – Over a dozen people face felony charges stemming from Project Guardian, a collaboration between the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and the ATF.

“A hallmark of Project Guardian is the cooperative relationship between our office and the ATF to protect our communities by identifying and removing gun criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “By working with state prosecutors through our Prosecutor to Prosecutor network in bringing these cases to federal court, we ensure meaningful sentences that provide long-term safety on our streets.”

Those named in the federal indictments include:

  • Cedric Lee Ramsey, 28, of Brunswick, Ga., charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Oxycodone, Alprazolam, Cocaine and Methamphetamine; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. Brunswick Police officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in May 2019 found Ramsey sitting in a vehicle outside his residence, and a subsequent search discovered large amounts of drugs along with an AR-15 rifle with a 45-round magazine, an AK-47 rifle with a 30-round magazine, and a .40-caliber handgun, all fully loaded. Ramsey previously has been convicted of felonies including armed robbery and firearms charges.
  • Demetrius Brown, a/k/a “Jersey,” 42, of Douglas, Ga., charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine; Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. Brown previously has been convicted of felonies including assault on a law enforcement officer and drug distribution on school property.
  • Marvin Lowe, 43, of Savannah, charged with three counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoid; Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic Cathinone; Possession of Cocaine; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
  • Shamall Green, 34, of Hilton Head, S.C., charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Heroin; Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; and Possession of Counterfeit Currency. Green previously was convicted of felony drug possession.
  • Robert Triveil Turner, a/k/a “Veil,” a/k/a “V,” 40, of Swainsboro, Ga., charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine; Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; and Transfer of a Firearm to a Prohibited Person;
  • Kevin Laron Howard, 64,of Augusta, charged with Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime; and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Previously convicted of human trafficking, Howard was arrested while on state parole for a 1992 armed robbery conviction and currently is incarcerated in Wheeler State Prison.
  • Khari Courtney Osborne, 26, of Hephzibah, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. An admitted member of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang, Osborne was on state probation for a prior felony conviction at the time of his arrest.
  • Silvano Marroquin-Bravo, 49,of Savannah, charged with Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien and Reentry after Removal/Deportation. A citizen of Mexico, Marroquin-Bravo has been deported from the United States three previous times and was arrested in Garden City, Ga., after a traffic stop in March 2020.
  • Devonte Lamar Brown, 27, of Augusta, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Brown has multiple prior convictions for firearms-related felonies.
  • Jamol Marquise Cuyler, 32, of Hephzibah, Ga., charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Cuyler previously was convicted of a firearms-related felony.  
  • Okoye West, 23, of Augusta, charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. West previously was convicted of firearms-related charges.
  • David McCain III, 33, of Hephzibah, Ga., charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
  • Pernell D. Scott, 32, of Hephzibah, Ga., charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Additional defendants charged with gun crimes were indicted under seal during the virtual session of the grand jury. Criminal indictments contain only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

“During these unprecedented times, ATF remains vigilant in removing violent offenders from our communities,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the ATF. “As a result of our partnerships with state and local law enforcement in the Southern District of Georgia, and the innovative methods the U.S. Attorney’s Office employed, Project Guardian is being successfully carried out.”

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