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Federal prosecutions focusing on gun, drug and violent crime in the Brunswick, Georgia

11:46 AM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Six suspects pleaded guilty in a series of federal prosecutions focusing on gun, drug and violent crime in the Brunswick, Georgia area.

Cortez Arbery, 25, of Brunswick, pled guilty earlier this month to possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a United States Attorney's Office press release. Evidence during the guilty plea hearing showed that Arbery possessed a stolen .38 caliber pistol after being previously convicted of three felony drug offenses.

According to the release, five other suspects previously pleaded guilty in federal court for weapons and drug offenses.

Gromyko Green, 33, pled guilty to possessing a sawed-off shotgun and cocaine. John Wesley Boone, 27, and Calvin Grovener, 24, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Patrick Tenney, 23, pled guilty to receiving a firearms while under indictment. Reginald Beckham, 19, pled guilty to trafficking crack cocaine.

The sentencing for the six defendants will take place after the United States Probation Office conducts pre-sentence investigations, according to the press release.

"The number one priority of the United States Attorney's Office is the protection of the citizens of the Southern District. Those who commit violent offenses in the Brunswick area by trafficking in guns, drugs and the fear of others can expect to have their operations relocated to a federal prison cell," United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said.

The Task Force was formed in December 2012 to combat growing gun violence in Glynn County. Thus far, over 53 guns have been seized. Investigations are ongoing and further federal prosecutions are expected.

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