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Brantley man faces 21 years 
for drug trafficking, insurance fraud

Special to SEGAZINE

Gerald Roberson, 46, of Nahunta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States Chief District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 262 months in prison for his roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy and an insurance fraud scheme.

During the guilty plea and sentencing hearings, the evidence showed that Roberson was a leader of a conspiracy that stretched from Georgia, to Texas, to Mexico, and involved over 1,000 pounds of marijuana, over 50 pounds of methamphetamine, and an untold number of prescription drugs. In addition, Roberson helped commit an arson in an effort to defraud insurance companies of over $58,000 in claims.

Chief Judge Wood earlier sentenced two additional Brantley County residents for their roles in the criminal conduct. Harold Lee Ragland, 48, was sentenced on July 2, 2013, to 18 years in prison for his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy and insurance fraud scheme. Decia Roberson, 45, was sentenced to 44 months for her role in the drug trafficking conspiracy. Decia Roberson is the ex-wife of Gerald Roberson.

The case was investigated by the DEA, the GBI, and the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlton Bourne prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

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