Montgomery, Alabama – ”Drugs are a poison that destroy communities, families and people’s lives. My office will use every means available under the law to punish those who distribute this poison to the citizens of the Middle District. In furtherance of our fight against the spread of illegal drugs, ten members of a local drug trafficking organization have been indicted,” announced George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
A federal grand jury indicted Eric Jerome Parker, 29, of Troy; Willie Charles Townsend, 34, of Fairburn, Georgia; Christopher Darrin Alloway, 22, of Troy; Jason Terrell Davenport, 20, of Troy; Ronisha Rawshon Carter, 20, of Troy; Willie Pereze Boggan, 27, of Greenville; Brian Javoris Walker, 29, of Greenville; Kelvin Dewayne Anderson, 32, of Dothan; Cedrin Farrod Carter, 28, of Brundidge; and Jeffery Nolan Bennett, 26, of Troy, on drug trafficking charges. The indictment charges that the ten joined in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Pike, Butler and Houston counties and elsewhere throughout the Middle District of Alabama. Parker and Townsend were also charged with laundering the organization’s proceeds.
If convicted on all counts in the indictment, Parker, Boggan, Cedrin Carter and Bennett face mandatory life sentences in federal prison. Townsend, Walker and Anderson face minimum sentences of 20 years and maximum life sentences if convicted on all charges. Alloway, Davenport, and Ronisha Carter face minimum terms of 10 years in federal prison, and up to a life sentence.
Gregory Borland, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Alabama District, stated, "The Drug Enforcement Administration is deeply appreciative of the leadership of the United States Attorney's Office, and thankful for the cooperative efforts of the state, local and federal law enforcement agencies that combined to successfully dismantle this drug trafficking organization. We are determined to continue to use such collaborative efforts to target these criminal groups, who victimize their own communities, in the name of personal profit.”
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement administration (DEA) with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, Troy Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama State Troopers, and the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The investigation is ongoing and additional indictments are expected.
Beck cautions that an indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gray M. Borden.