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Federal Arrests Made In Tift, Cook & Colquitt Counties

Georgia Bureau of Investigation New Release

Last week federal arrests were issued for Maurice Carter, age 34, Andrew Carter, age 37, Lataris Waters, age 25, Diamond Carter, age 19, Sarah Carter, age 59, Jose Martinez, age 39, Jessica Tellez, age 31, Kayla Carter, age 26, all of Omega, Georgia; Juan Sanchez Hildalgo, age 46, James Waters, age 51, Chris Waters, age 47 and Kenyatta Mitchell, age 31, all of Tifton, Georgia; and Pablo Cauves Sanchez age 53, of Dunwoody, Ga.  These individuals were indicted for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Cocaine Base.

The 15 count indictment is a result of a lengthy criminal investigation into this drug trafficking organization was initiated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Sylvester, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Macon Office and Mid-South Narcotics Task Force.  This Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) transported and distributed multi kilograms of cocaine from the the metro Atlanta area to Southwest Ga.

This eight month long intensive investigation has resulted in the execution of eight search warrants in Tift, Cook and Colquitt Counties that resulted in the seizure of three kilograms of cocaine, the recovery of ten firearms and $300,000 in cash and seizure documents being filed on four properties in Cook and Tift counties.

State and Federal law enforcement agencies worked together to bring this complex investigation to the federal court system.  Agencies participating in this case include the following: GBI Sylvester, GBI Thomasville, Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, DEA Macon, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Tift, Colquitt, Cook and Crisp County Sheriff's Offices.  The United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia serves as the prosecutorial agency.

Agents and officer arrested Sara Carter, Diamond Carter, Kayla Carter, Kenyatta Mitchell and Jessica Tellez.  These individuals were transported to the U.S. Marshalls office in Albany, Georgia. James Waters and Chris Waters turned themselves in to U.S. Marshals Monday, December 15.

Andrew Carter, Jose Martinez, Juan Hildago, Pablo Sanchez and Todd Carter were in custody when the federal warrants were issued.  Additional arrests are expected.

This investigation demonstrates what a significant and positive impact law enforcement agencies working together can make in our communities and the State of Georgia.


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