MACON, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – A grand jury issued an indictment charging 11 individuals (ten from Georgia, one from Alabama) in a 136-count federal indictment including alleged violations of drug distribution conspiracy and violations of the dog fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
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- Jarvis Lockett, 40, of Warner Robins, Georgia
- Derrick Owens, 37, of Woodland, Georgia
- Christopher Raines, 50, of Talbotton, Georgia
- Armard Davis, 41, of Fort Valley, Georgia
- Jason Carter, 38, of Phoenix City, Alabama
- Shaquille Bentley, 26, of Roberta, Georgia
- Bryanna Holmes, 24, of Fort Valley, Georgia
- Vernon Vegas, 49, of Suwanee, Georgia
- Lekey Davis, 45, of Talbotton, Georgia
- Kathy Ann Whitfield, 61, of Columbus, Georgia
- Rodrick Walton, 40, of Shiloh, Georgia
An indictment is a set of allegations based upon a finding of probable cause by a grand jury. A defendant is presumed innocent until convicted.
“Dog fighting is brutal and illegal; it is particularly troubling when combined with drug trafficking,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary for the Middle District of Georgia.
The indictment alleges that defendants Lockett, Owens, Raines, both Davises, Carter, Bentley, Holmes, Vegas, and Whitfield were involved in a conspiracy between May 2019 and February 2020 to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Lockett is charged in separate counts with distribution of cocaine base and cocaine, and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine. Armard Davis and Holmes are charged in separate counts with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine. Walton is charged in a separate count with possession of cocaine.READ MORE: Animal Rescue Organizations Say Pandemic Has Changed Their Industry For The Better
The indictment further alleges that defendants Lockett, Owens, Raines, Armard Davis, and Walton were involved in a conspiracy to sponsor and exhibit dogs in a dog fight, and possess, train, transport, deliver, and receive dogs for the purpose of having the dogs participate in a dog fight. The indictment outlines dog fights the defendants are alleged to have attended between May 2019 and February 2020, as well as discussions between the co-conspirators about training and matching up their dogs for fighting. In addition, the defendants are separately charged with possession of dogs for purposes of having the dogs participate in dog fights as follows: Lockett – 15 counts; Raines – 40 counts; Owens – 44 counts, Walton – 18 counts; Armard Davis – 9 counts.
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