11 indicted, 10 arrested in multi-agency sweep across midstate
MACON, Ga. -- On Thursday several local, state and federal agencies held a press conference in Macon to announce the indictment of 11 people and the arrests of 10 who now face weapons and other charges.
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charles Peeler said that the arrests are the result of a multi-agency operation involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF), the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Macon Circuit District Attorney David Cook and more.
District Attorney David Cook said that his office has started assigning gun cases to gang prosecutors to better fight these kinds of crimes. "Gang crime and gun crime often work together hand in hand," he said.
Sheriff David Davis said that a partnership like this is what will make the difference in reducing crime in Macon-Bibb County. He said that the arrests "read like a rose gallery of people who've been in our jail and who have created mayhem on our streets in Macon and Bibb County over a number of years."
Davis added that several of those indicted are multiple offenders and are now in the federal system, in addition to state and local systems. "This is an ongoing effort that never stops," he said.
ATF special agent in charge Arthur Peralta said that the ATF is committed to making sure that criminals don't have guns and highlighted the innocent lives that can be changed forever because of gun violence. "Parents left without children, children left without parents and our communities are destroyed," he said.
US Attorney Peeler said that he believes Macon-Bibb County will see more arrests like those made Thursday morning until the county sees an overall reduction in crime.
Special agent Peralta also called on the public to report criminals to either local, state or federal agencies. "The bottom line is this folks: If you are prohibited from possessing a gun, if you plan to use a gun to commit a violent crime - we will identify you, we will arrest you," he said.
The operation was a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) of the US Department of Justice.
The following individuals were arrested Thursday morning:
- Justin Elliott: Charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.
- Joshua Scott: Charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
- Nathaniel Gordy: Indicted for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
- Willie Johnson: Charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
- Milton Searcy: Charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
- Marcus Veal: Indicted for felon in possession of a firearm.
- John Randall: Indicted for felon in possession of a firearm.
- Aasim McCoy: Indicted for felon in possession of a firearm.
- Shanterio Wooten: Has been indicted for the illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment.
- Oscar Abram: Has been indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.
Titus Keon Sandifer has been indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon but is still at large, according to ATF special agent in charge Arthur Peralta.