A third of five men charged by federal authorities last year on cocaine charges was sentenced Monday to 8.3 years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Adrian Whitaker to a 100-month sentence in the federal prison system.

Whitaker pleaded guilty Dec. 20, 2011, to distribution of cocaine.

He admitted to selling more than 30 grams of cocaine between April 26-July 8, 2010, to a confidential informant working for the FBI, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore said in a news release.

Whitaker, 37, of Moultrie was categorized as a career offender based on prior convictions in Colquitt County Superior Court for sale of cocaine and aggravated assault, the news release said.

In February, Moultrie residents James Carshoray Willis, 35, was sentenced to serve 80 months, and Peter Thornton, 39, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison. Still awaiting sentencing are Demetrius Davis and Corey Horne. Authorities said that the arrests of the five men in 2011 was the culmination of five years of investigation targeting high-level cocaine dealers. More than 40 ounces of cocaine and crack cocaine were purchased or seized.

It involves the Georgia FBI Gang Task Force, which in addition to the FBI also includes as members the Moultrie-Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, and Moultrie, Thomasville and Valdosta police departments.

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