Savannah Convicted Murderer and 19 Others Indicted For Drug Trafficking Conspiracy and Firearm Offenses
Savannah, GA- Eugene Allen (aka “Poncho”), 41, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder, was one of 20 defendants indicted earlier this week by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah, Georgia for allegedly operating a drug trafficking organization in Chatham County and elsewhere.
The 22-count indictment alleged that the defendants conspired to traffick powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. The indictment also charges numerous firearm offenses. According to allegations in the indictment, members of the conspiracy used drones to smuggle cellular telephones to other conspirators incarcerated in a Georgia Department of Corrections facility. The phones were then used from state prison to facilitate drug trafficking crimes. Members of the conspiracy also allegedly used cotton candy machines and other packages to transfer money for the payment of drugs and to transfer proceeds made from the drug trafficking activities. Publically available records reveal that Eugene Allen is serving life without parole in a Georgia prison for a murder that he committed in Savannah.
The following people were indicted in this case:
EUGENE ALLEN, (41, Savannah)
AARON CRAIG HUBBARD, (29, Savannah)
KARTEU OMAR JENKINS, (40, Atlanta)
DANIEL MARTIN, (36, California)
RAYMOND NEIL WALLEN, (37, California)
A/K/A “ADDY MAN,”
CHARMAINE NICOLE SIMS, (34, Savannah)
RON BERNARD ALLEN, (41, Savannah)
A/K/A “RON LOW,”
KEITH JAMAL BRIGHAM, (43, Savannah)
EDWARD MAURICE TYLER, (41, Savannah)
ORANDA RASHEED WALKER, (36, Savannah)
CARLOS EDJUAN ELDER, (40, Savannah)
DEVIN RENARD DABNEY, (39, Savannah)
BRITTANY LATISHA JAMES, (31, Atlanta)
TASHA GOODWIN, (36, Savannah)
COLIS JERMAINE ALLEN,
A/K/A “KARLIS JERMAINE,” (39, Savannah)
TASHA FELICIA GARDNER, (43, Savannah)
SHAUNTE STAFFORD, (35, Lithonia)
A/K/A “MIA HALL,”
TATONYA SHARI HAILES, (45, Atlanta) and
TINA MARIE ADKINS, (34, Savannah)
The Defendants face up to life in prison upon conviction of the crimes charged in the indictment. Acting U. S. Attorney James Durham cautioned that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, during which it is the Government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, which is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement. Agents with the FBI and the Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team (CNT), as well and members of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) conducted the investigation. Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Noah Abrams and Assistant U. S. Attorney E. Greg Gilluly, Jr. are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States. For questions, please contact the U. S. Attorney’s Office at (912) 201-2522.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of Georgia