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Digging Deeper: Drugs got past MCLB checkpoint

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NCIS Kevin Dodds NCIS Kevin Dodds
D. A. Greg Edwards D. A. Greg Edwards
U. S. Attorney Michael Moore U. S. Attorney Michael Moore

Eight people are charged with conspiring to distribute illegal narcotics at Albany's Marine Corp Logistics Base.

Five civilians who work at the Maintenance and Distribution Management Centers were arrested Wednesday.

So were three former contract employees. They're accused of selling prescription pills and crack cocaine on the base.

Base employees were shocked when law officers showed up to handcuff some of their co-workers. It was all part of a two and a half year long investigation into drug activity at MCLB-Albany.

"At the end of the day we'll catch them if they continue to bring illegal drugs on to this installation," said MCLB C. O. Colonel Terry Williams. 

Agents couldn't go into too much detail about how the suspects were caught because it's an ongoing investigation, but base officials did say they routinely inspect vehicles entering the base.

"We do check cars, we check vehicles, and we check persons, but I would just say as anywhere people are creative and they use creative means," said Williams.

We learned a little more about the eight employees named in the indictment. Willie Watts is a civil service employee, Jonathan Webb, Roy Shine, Michael Teemer, and Nathaniel Swan Sr. are all term employees, meaning temporary employees at the base.

Bryan Santos, Akeem Daniel, and Leon Winsberry are all former base contractors. The U.S. Attorney says it's unique to find agencies like NCIS, the GBI, the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and other local law enforcement all working together.

"Here you really have a unique blend of agencies and individual officers that have spent a great deal and an extraordinary amount of time and effort to protect the integrity of this installation," said U. S. Attorney Michael Moore.

While some of the drug activity was done on base, investigators say a lot occurred in the community.

Some of the vents were in the community and that is where again state officials state officials have been involved in that particular process," said Dougherty D. A. Greg Edwards.

In the end, base officials say this type of activity simply won't be tolerated, and those indicted in this case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

Seven of the suspects made their first court appearances before a federal judge. Three of the suspects represented by attorneys entered not guilty pleas.

 

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