Three convicted on federal cocaine charges

Three convicted on federal cocaine charges
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Eddie Lee Perry of Cairo, Joseph Davenport of Thomasville, and Chad Ragin of Opalocka, Florida were convicted Monday in Albany Federal Court, on all counts of numerous cocaine charges.

They were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, possession of cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to distribute (Davenport), use of a telephone in furtherance of a drug crime (Perry and Davenport), conspiracy to falsify records in a Federal investigation (Ragin), and falsifying records in a Federal investigation (Ragin).

The guilty verdict is the result of a nine-day jury trial before Judge W. Louis Sands.

Ragin, 42, acted as a courier of drugs and money between Mr. Perry and Roger Ross, of the Miami, Florida area.   Davenport, 52, "cooked" the powder cocaine converting it into crack cocaine.

Perry, 44, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years imprisonment.   Davenport will receive a mandatory life sentence.   Ragin is facing ten years to life imprisonment on Count 19 and twenty years imprisonment each on Counts 20 and 21. Sentencing will take place in October

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said, "Through outstanding cooperation between local, state and federal agencies, we have dismantled another large-scale drug distribution organization. We will continue to use every tool available to take the drugs off the streets and put the dealers in the jails."

The case was investigated by the Thomas County Vice/Narcotics Squad, the Thomasville Police Department, the Grady County Sheriff's Office, the Cairo Police Department, the Pelham Police Department, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles District Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen prosecuted the case for the Government.

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