TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Twelve local residents have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and more than 220 pounds of meth have been seized after a two year investigation between multiple local and state agencies.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Florida, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 12 defendants with federal drug trafficking offenses.
The Gadsden County Sheriff's office says that over 100 kilograms of meth (about 220 pounds), over 50 kilograms of cocaine (about 110 pounds), thousands of pills, were seized from 13 locations during the duration of the two year joint-investigation.
The operation targeted a drug trafficking organization alleged to be responsible for the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA throughout the north central Panhandle of Florida between 2018 and 2019.
The charged defendants face penalties ranging up to and including life imprisonment, and fines up to $20,000,000.
The defendants are:
• Jermaine Terrell Hadley, 31, Quincy, Florida
• Devar San Jacus Donaldson, 27, Quincy, Florida
• Sariem Shanquell McMillian, 23, Quincy, Florida
• Ja’rod Lamar Bryant, 31, Quincy, Florida;
• Jaquantavious Trayshon Owens, 25, Quincy, Florida
• Jamaron Juanata Paden Sr., 29, Marianna, Florida
• Eddie Lee Hughes, 52, Quincy, Florida
• Tiffany Jean Hughes, 29, Marianna, Florida
• Samantha Eugenia Yelle, 30, Marianna, Florida
• Patrick Lee Baker, 43, Quincy, Florida
• Randell Lavel Colston, 47, Quincy, Florida
• Linda Lockwood, 48, Quincy, Florida.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Chattahoochee Police Department, the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Calhoun Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Air National Guard Counterdrug Program.