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Valdosta man convicted in major cocaine, crack ring

'One of best' crack cookers convicted in major cocaine ring
Posted at 3:50 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 11:53:23-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A Valdosta man, who police say was infamously known as "one of the best" crack cookers, has been convicted of multiple charges related to a major a cocaine ring. 

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Charles E. Peeler, said that Henry Austin, II a.k.a "Poochie," 49, was convicted on Oct. 24 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. 

Evidence revealed a cocaine and crack cocaine distribution circuit stretching from Atlanta to South Georgia, including Tifton, Valdosta, Omega, Hahira, Adel, Moultrie, Northem Florida, and other nearby communities. 

Austin and 18 co-conspirators, all who previously pled guilty and been sentenced, distributed hundreds of kilograms of cocaine sold as powder and also manufactured into crack cocaine.  

Austin's drug dealing goes back to the 1990s and when speaking of his crack cooking skills, witnesses described him as "one of the best."