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Defendants appear in federal court

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Nineteen of the people arrested in the Seminole County raid made their initial appearance in federal court in Albany today.

Dozens of family members from Alabama, Southwest Georgia, all the way to Macon packed the courtroom at Albany's Federal Courthouse to see the proceedings.

The defendants were brought into the courtroom wearing prison jumpsuits, in handcuffs and leg irons. They were read their charges in a grand jury indictment, given their rights, and bond hearings were set for next week. Some defendants were granted bond.

The federal indictment says between December 2008 and February 2011 they conspired to sell five kilos of cocaine and 50 grams of crack. Drug agents say that would have a street value of hundreds of thousands of dollars..

Brothers Carlos Johnson and Kelvin Johnson, who are being called the ringleaders of the Donalsonville operation, were the first making their appearances.

If convicted, the 19 could face between 20 years to life in prison. They are being held at the Irwin County jail.

Federal prosecutors said more charges and more arrests are expected.

Here are the names of the people indicted:

Carlos Johnson
Kelvin Johnson
Nichole Sheffield
John Harris
Maurice Scott
Tyrone Caine
Bernard Graham
Erica Johnson
Anthony Shuler
Jimmy Vickers
Brandon Mcknight
Terrance Davis
Casey Clemons
Travis Bruton
Marikes Stroud
James Wilson
Ron Goss
Antonio Winbush
T'michael Jones


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