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RCSO Announces ‘Operation No Loyalty’ Targeted 60 Suspects for Drug Trafficking & Gang Violence

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday the results of a two-year operation called “Operation No Loyalty” to dismantle a violent drug-trafficking organization in the Augusta area.

Sixty people were targeted in a two-phase operation, netting multiple arrests, seizures of stolen firearms as well as large amounts of narcotics. A third phase is currently underway, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Pat Clayton said.

“While some individuals remain at large, Sheriff Richard Roundtree is pleased to announce the arrests of several drug trafficking co-conspirators involved in the Ellis McDaniel-Joshua McDaniel Drug Trafficking Organization,” a press release says.

In addition, the agency announced the arrests of several drug trafficking and violent crime co-conspirators from the Trap Money hybrid criminal street gang targeting Davion Heath, Dezmund Demmons, Devin Allen-Glover and several of their associates.

Officers seized houses, vehicles, firearms, large amounts of drugs and nearly half a million dollars in cash.

During Phase 1 of the investigation, 16 search warrants were executed and Investigators were able to seize the following:

• 16 kilograms of cocaine

• 7 kilograms of fentanyl

• 1 pound of methamphetamine

• 29 pounds of marijuana

• 34 firearms

• $319,909 in United States Currency

• Six vehicles

• Two houses

Locations searched during Phase 1 of this investigation:

1. 1022 8th Ave., Augusta, Ga.

2. 1028 8th Ave., Augusta, Ga.

3. 1031 8th Ave., Augusta, Ga.

4. 1570 Holley St., Augusta, Ga.

5. 1109 10th Ave., Augusta, Ga.

6. 1118 10th Ave., Augusta, Ga.

7. 1135 13th Ave., Augusta, Ga.

8. 1647 Gordon Hwy, unit 1750, Augusta, Ga.

9. 1901 Harvest Point Drive Apt 1218, Augusta, Ga.

10. 2408 Southgate Drive, Augusta, Ga,

11. 1920 Preston Drive, Augusta, Ga.

12. 2206 Leeway Landing, Augusta, Ga.

13. 3350 Peach Orchard Road, unit 1076, Augusta, Ga.

14. 3424 Nance Blvd., Hephzibah, Ga.

15. 2159 B St., Augusta, Ga.

16. 936 Broad St. Apt. 306, Augusta, Ga.

During Phase 2 of this investigation, 25 search warrants were executed and investigators were able to seize the following:

• Approximately 248.7 pounds of marijuana

• 44.8 grams of fentanyl

• 90.1 grams of methamphetamine

• 22.5 grams of cocaine

• 28 firearms

• $143,824 in United States currency

• Three vehicles

Locations searched during Phase 2 of this investigation:

1. 1644 Douglas St., Augusta, Ga.

2. 3804 Southwood Drive, Hephzibah, Ga.

3. 3724 Woodcock Drive, Augusta, Ga.

4. 2601 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, Ga.

5. 516 Courtside Drive, Augusta, Ga,

6. 2450 Nordahl Drive, Augusta, Ga.

7. 3609 Stanton Court, Augusta, Ga,

8. 2350 Sumac Drive, Augusta, Ga,

9. 2458 Leslie Court, Augusta, Ga,

10. 2408 Friar Lane, Augusta, Ga,

11. 2514 Cairo Drive, Augusta, Ga.

12. 2211 Ruby Drive, Augusta, Ga.

13. 825 Spruce St., Apt. 29, Augusta, Ga,

14. 2319 Springhouse Lane Building 2312 Apt. B, Augusta, Ga.

15. 2605 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, Ga.

16. 1945 Milton Road, Augusta, Ga.

17. 1943 Milton Road, Augusta, Ga.

18. 2016 Shark Drive, Augusta, Ga.

19. 3625 Pamplona Drive, Hephzibah, Ga.

20. 5300 Mossy Trail, Apt. 306, Grovetown, Ga.

21. 3048 Pepperhill Drive, Grovetown, Ga.

22. 1114 Grove Landing Drive, Grovetown, G.a

23. 155 Petersburg Circle, Apartment D Augusta Georgia

24. 2601 Deans Bridge Road Unit A, Augusta, Ga.

25. 1811 Sibley Road, Apt. 2712D, Augusta, Ga.

“We anticipate additional charges with both State and Federal indictments expected,” the sheriff’s release said. “This is a continuation of Sheriff Roundtree’s commitment to the disruption and dismantling of dangerous violent drug trafficking organizations and criminal street gangs in our community while also targeting those that support and enable these criminal drug trafficking enterprises.”

NAMES AND CHARGES:

PHASE ONE TARGETS:

1. Joshua Brady McDaniel, 38, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon. (WANTED)

2. Ellis McDaniel, 42, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon (x2), possession of a machine gun (WANTED)

3. Jamaal Xavier Robinson, 36, from Augusta, charges: trafficking cocaine, trafficking fentanyl, trafficking marijuana, possession of alprazolam with intent to distribute, possession of firearm by convicted felon (x2), possession of firearm during the commission of a crime (x2), forgery in the third degree, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction of law enforcement officer

4. Kenneth Antwon Sturgis, 39, from Augusta, charges: trafficking cocaine

5. Shantaze Miquel Yarbary, 43, from Augusta, charges: trafficking cocaine

6. Mary Cisneros-Gonzalez, 43, from Lithonia Springs, Ga., charges: trafficking cocaine, possession of firearm or knife during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies, vehicles with false or secret compartment

7. Lucino Estrada Casa, 56, from Norcross, Ga., charges: trafficking cocaine, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking illegal drugs (fentanyl), felony possession of marijuana

8. Darius Q Miller, 34, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of mdma with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction of law enforcement officer, driving while unlicensed, failure to maintain lane

9. Larry Mims, 34, from Augusta, charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of crime, possession of firearm by convicted felon, multiple traffic charges

10. Travis Lenell Peterson, 41, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm or knife during commission of a crime

11. Patrailous Taylor, 43, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute

12. Zack Tyrule Gordon III, 28, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during commission of a crime, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

13. Pheotis Upshaw, 46, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of a crime, possession of firearm by convicted felon, obstruction of law enforcement officer

14. John West Utley Jr, 44, from Augusta, charges: trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of firearm during commission of a crime

15. Marqueen Mays, 38, from Augusta, charges: possession of oxycodone

16. Jarell Gibson, 27, from Augusta, charges: obstruction of law enforcement officer, felony fleeing, possession of oxycodone, possession of marijuana, suspended registration, driving without a license

17. Marion Gunter III, 36, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during commission of crime, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, improper lane change

18. Thomas Branson Jr, 19, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during commission of crime, theft by receiving stolen property

19. Kaleb Logan, 21, from Augusta, charges:possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of firearm during commission of crime, no seatbelt

20. Roderick Bowers Jr, 20, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of firearm during commission of crime

21. Reco Ladala Dunn, 37, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during commission of crime

22. Titus Reese, 45, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine

23. Rodsheed Zyshonne Tanksley, 24, from Augusta, charges: felony fleeing, cruelty to children in the second degree, obstruction of law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana

24. Jashaun Turner, 19, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm during commission of a crime, possession of marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction of law enforcement officer

25. Willie Fred Bates Jr, 46, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of cocaine

26. Jasma Shermell Jenkins, 34, from Augusta, pending charges (NOT ARRESTED): possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substance, possession of firearm during commission of crime

27. Clyde Elizabeth Starks, 56, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon

28. Alexander Grant, 60, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon

29. Aquinas R. Bush Jr, 20, from Augusta, charges: possession of a machine gun, possession of firearm by first offender

30. Steffon Jeremiah Gibbs, 22, from Augusta, charges: obstruction of law enforcement officer

31. Kiara Latia Roberts, 23, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm during commission of crime, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

32. Julius Larue Brown, 40, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

PHASE TWO TARGETS:

33. Davion Heath aka Trap Money Vedough, 24, from Augusta, charges: trafficking marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of crime

34. Dezmund Devonte Demmons aka Dez, 31, from Augusta, charges: trafficking marijuana, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking fentanyl, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during commission of crime, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property

35. Devin Allen-Glover aka Rambo, 21, from Augusta, charges: felony fleeing, possession of firearm by first offender (x7), possession of an illegal weapon, theft by receiving stolen property (x2), possession of firearm during commission of crime, obstruction of law enforcement officer

36. Brandon Deshun Borders, 37, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

37. Christopher Lee Ware, 31, from Augusta, charges: possession of firearm by convicted felon, obstruction of law enforcement officer

38. Earl Demetrius Overton, 30, from Augusta, charges: aggravated assault, theft by taking, obstruction of law enforcement officer, possession of firearm by convicted felon

39. Zavi Elon Bailey, 23, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of firearm during commission of crime

40. Dmond Raynard Jackson, 29, from Augusta, charges: felony order to show cause

41.  Traeon Jaleek Perry, 22, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of hallucinogens, possession of firearm during commission of crime

42. Jailyn Cherlaine Tanksley, 20, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of hallucinogens, possession of cocaine

43. Clifford Lamont Jones, 22, from Augusta, charges: aggravated assault upon a police officer (x5), possession of firearm during commission of crime, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of hallucinogens

44. Mylin Tilema Morton, 22, from Augusta, charges: obstruction of law enforcement officer, possession of illegal weapon

45. Lamar Whitaker, 23, from Augusta, charges: obstruction of law enforcement officer, possession of illegal weapon

46. Dezmund Latrelle Mainor, 23, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of crime, possession of firearm by convicted felon

47. Howard Alfred Rodd, 29, from Augusta, charges: trafficking marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of crime, theft by receiving stolen property

48. Tilson Gregory McCray, 30, from Augusta, charges: trafficking marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of crime

49. Bryson McCray, 23, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of crime

50. Daven Terell Jackson, 36, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearm by convicted felon

51. Shequita Vonta Lewis, 33, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine

52. Andre Jerome Wooden, 34, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine, giving false name and date of birth to officer

53. Laquan Demarcus Blackwell, 32, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana

54. Exavier Demarc Savoy, 34, from Augusta, charges: felony order to show cause

55. Joshua Demmons, 28, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine, possession of fentanyl, possession of firearm during commission of crime

56. Ionas Dejene Doggett, 21, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to Distribute

57. Myles Thomas, 20, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

58. Mya Alexia Davis, 22, from Augusta, charges: trafficking marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of crime

59. Ricardo McBride, 24, from Augusta, charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of crime

60. Dominick Ryans, 33, from Augusta, charges: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone, felony order to show cause

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and Criminal Intelligence Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Gang Task Force (FBI), the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Attorney General’s Office Gang Prosecution Unit, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia State Patrol concluded Phase 1 of the undercover drug operation on August 7, 2023.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division / Gang Unit and Criminal Intelligence Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Gang Task Force (FBI), the Attorney General’s Office Gang Prosecution Unit, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Georgia State Patrol, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Grovetown Police Department, the Georgia Department of Corrections Intelligence Division, and the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office concluded Phase 2 of this twenty-four month undercover drug operation.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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