20 lbs of marijuana seized in Sumter County

SUMTER COUNTY, GA - Sumter County Sheriff's Deputies arrest a man they call "an upper level drug trafficker" ending a two year investigation.

Here is the press release from Sumter County:

On Wednesday February 29, 2012 Eric Cortez Williams and Marty Homer Boatwright were arrested in the Lowes Parking lot culminating in a multiple agency investigation resulting in the seizure of 20 pounds of marijuana.

Investigators with the Sumter County S.O. and Americus P.D. assisted the following agencies in this case that spanned over 2 ½  years:  Albany Dougherty Drug Unit, Dougherty County District Attorneys Office, Lee County S.O., DEA, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Section.

Also seized at the time of the arrests was a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, and over $9,000.00.  Boatwright was out on bond at the time of his arrest from Lee County Georgia, related to a 2009 drug trafficking case.  Both Boatwright and Williams are being housed at the Sumter County LEC pending these charges in the Sumter County case.  The charges at this time are Trafficking  in Marijuana and use of a communications device to facilitate a felony.

Boatwright is identified by authorities as an upper level drug trafficker, and authorities believe that his arrest will interrupt a substantial drug trafficking network operating within the southwest Georgia area.  Shortly after  the arrests of Boatwright and Williams in Americus, authorities with  Lee County S.O. executed a search warrant at Boatwrights residence in Lee County Georgia.  Additional evidence was seized at the home that will be utilized in the prosecution of this case.

Sheriff Pete Smith would like to extend his appreciation for the hard work and cooperation by all agencies involved which led to these arrests. Sheriff Smith attributes the success of this investigation to the trust and communication efforts among the adjoining state, federal, and local agencies pulling together to achieve a successful common goal.  Smith points out that these multi-agency investigations are the key to not only making arrests on this level, but to successfully prosecuting these cases.

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