Jailed leader of gang-linked drug trafficking conspiracy sentenced to nearly 40 years in federal prison | USAO-SDGA

WAYCROSS, Georgia: The jailed leader of a criminal conspiracy in which members of violent criminal street gangs distributed methamphetamine and other drugs in southern Georgia has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in federal prison.

Jackie Kavaskia McMillan, aka “Bijay,” 41, was sentenced to 444 months in federal prison, consecutive to the life sentence for murder he is currently serving at Dooly State Prison, after pleading guilty in January to conspiracy in to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and an amount of marijuana, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. In the event the jail term ends, McMillan must also serve four years of probation. There is no parole in the federal system.

“‘Bijay’ McMillan ran an extensive drug smuggling operation while locked up in a Georgia prison, using smuggled cell phones and a gang-related network inside and outside of prison to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs that fueled violent crime in Coffee County and beyond,” U.S. Attorney Estes said. “Ultimately, our network of law enforcement agencies of the law has overcome this criminal conspiracy, ensuring that its leader will likely never return to the streets.”

McMillan was the main defendant in United States v McMillan et al, the 57-count indictment resulting from Operation Sandy Bottom, an investigation centered on the Sand Ridge neighborhood east of Douglas, Georgia in an area known as ” the bottoms”. Of the 48 defendants originally named in the indictment, 36 are now convicted after pleading guilty; nine defendants await court hearings on guilty pleas; two are awaiting trial or other legal proceedings; and one defendant died.

The investigation began in 2018 when the Coffee County Drug Unit requested assistance from the FBI and the Georgia Coast Violent Gang Task Force to investigate the increase in violent crime and illegal activity. drugs in the Douglas area. The traffickers, coordinated by a subset of the criminal Gangster Disciples street gang, controlled several “trap houses” to store illegal drugs, primarily methamphetamine. These drugs were later distributed in Coffee, Bacon, Emanuel, Jeff Davis, Pierce, and Wheeler counties, as well as other parts of Georgia.

Investigators infiltrated the operation, intercepting several kilograms of drugs and nearly two dozen illegally held firearms, along with seven vehicles and more than $12,000 in cash identified as proceeds of drug trafficking.

As described in court documents and testimony, McMillan used contraband cell phones and compromised prison guards to coordinate the drug smuggling operation while incarcerated. McMillan’s primary contact outside of prison was his girlfriend, Christina Veronda Alexander, 41, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, who is serving a 286-month prison sentence for his role in the conspiracy that included obtaining methamphetamine from a supplier in Mexico for distribution to street dealers in southern Georgia. Three state prison guards charged in connection with the conspiracy all pleaded guilty to the federal charges.

“As a result of this case, communities across Georgia are safer and drug traffickers in the area have been warned that we will not tolerate efforts to spread these dangerous drugs,” said Special Agent Keri Farley. in charge of the FBI Atlanta. “It is particularly alarming that McMillan ran his operation behind prison walls when he was already incarcerated for murder. Prisons should be a place of rehabilitation, not a place to continue committing crimes.

The case is part of an operation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

He was investigated by the FBI and the FBI Coastal Georgia Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Coffee County Drug Unit; Georgia Department of Corrections; the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office; Pierce County Sheriff’s Office; Bacon County Sheriff’s Office; the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office; the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office; the Blackshear Police Department; the Nicholls Police Department; the Douglas Police Department; Alma Police Department; the Glynn County Police Department; Brunswick Police Department; the Swainsboro Police Department; and the Coffee County Department of Family and Children’s Services.

The cases are being prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Greg Gululy Jr.

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