MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) – On Thursday, Aug. 9, four members of a drug trafficking organization based in Lee County pleaded guilty to charges against them on the second day of their trial.
Their guilty pleas bring the total number of members of the organization who have pleaded guilty in federal court to 18. A 19th federal defendant, Phillip Maddox, 41, from Auburn, is set for trial in October.
The four individuals who pleaded guilty were Worldly Dieago Holstick, 36, Timothy Lamar Spinks, 43, both from Auburn, Alabama; James Earl McIntyre, 28, from Montgomery, Alabama; and James Lee Hamilton, 41, from Santa Rosa, California.
According to witnesses who testified during the trial Wednesday, Holstick was the leader of the drug trafficking organization which stretched from Georgia to California. Spinks obtained cocaine from Holstick and distributed it in Lee County.
McIntyre provided addresses to Holstick so that he could have boxes containing five to 10 pounds of marijuana shipped from California to Alabama. Finally, Hamilton helped launder the proceeds of the drug activity through numerous bank accounts in California.
Holstick and Spinks pled guilty to various crimes including conspiracy to sell cocaine and marijuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
They each face a maximum sentence of life in prison. McIntyre pled guilty to various crimes including conspiracy to sell marijuana and he faces up to five years in prison. Hamilton pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison.