MOULTRIE -- State prosecutors dropped drug charges this week against two Moultrie men indicted in a federal drug sweep in connection with alleged drug dealer Roderick Eric Hawkins.

Jimmie D. Merritt, 28, 1022 Ninth Ave. S.E., was charged with two counts of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of Cox Elementary School to an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent

Johnny Lee King, also known as "Doo-Doc," 40, no address known, was charged with cocaine possession.

King goes to trial in federal court in Columbus Dec. 30 along with Hawkins, also known as "E," "Enemy" and "Hawk," 31, of Moultrie and Elliot T. Walker, also known as "Big Jug" and "Jughead," 29, of Moultrie.

Six other codefendants have made plea bargains with the U.S Attorney's Office, officials said, including Merritt.

Though these state charges are separate from the federal charges, Colquitt County Assistant District Attorney Bert Jewell said the charges were dropped because the state prosecution was deferring to a federal investigation. Jewell does not plan to re-indict Merritt and King after the federal case is disposed, he said.

In other criminal court cases disposed before Superior Court Judge Richard Cowart:

Timothy D. McNeal, 20, Dunn Road, pled to selling marijuana to an undercover GBI agent and was sentenced to three years prison, seven years probation, $1,500 fine, curfew and reimburse attorney fees. Other charges of marijuana distribution were dropped, court documents said.

John Stanley Griner Jr., 34, 2344 Old Doerun Road, pled guilty to a house burglary on Old Doerun road in September and was sentenced to eight years prison.

Christopher Spivey, Sixth Street Southeast, pled guilty to selling marijuana to an undercover GBI agent in December 2001 and was sentenced to three years prison, seven years probation, $1,500 fine, curfew and attorney fees. Spivey initially was charged with four counts of marijuana distribution, court records said.

Michael Anthony Cody, 40, 33B 20th St. S.E., pled guilty to selling marijuana to an undercover GBI agent in November 2001 and was sentenced to three years prison

Tawon Jamar Warren, 20, 1221 Elliot Brown St., pled guilty to selling a substance purported to be cocaine to an undercover GBI agent in December 2001 and was sentenced to two years prison, eight years probation, $1,500 fine, curfew and reimburse attorney fees. Another count of selling counterfeit cocaine to a drug agent and two counts of threats to murder GBI agents were dropped.

John Wayne Blackburn, 41, 408 B.F. Giles Road, pled guilty to residential burglary on Warrior Way in October and was sentenced to five years.

Isaac Gregory Smith, 26, Alpharetta, pled guilty to bringing a stolen car into the state in April and was sentenced to five years probation, $1,000 fine and 40 hours community service.

Kizzy D. Spradley, 24, 715 Eighth Ave. S.E., pled guilty to first degree forgery and was sentenced to five years probation, $1,500 fine, 120 hours community service, restitution, reimburse attorney fees and no contact with victim.

Kimberly Jane Conger, 39, 200 Brandi Drive, pled guilty to first degree cruelty to children for abandoning her 9-year-old at Wal-Mart and was sentenced to eight years probation, $1,500 fine and 120 hours community service.

Jimmy Ray Myers Jr., 23, 2133 Hwy. 133 N., pled guilty to possession of tools for the commission of a crime and was sentenced to two years prison concurrent with a probation revocation. Myers was on an eight-year probation for first offender cocaine distribution in 1997, court records said.

Cary J. McCluster Jr., 20, 602 Union Drive, Doerun, pled guilty to selling crack cocaine on Church Street, Doerun, and was sentenced to five years probation, $2,000 fine and 120 hours community service.

Larry Bell, 49, 1156 Second St. S.E., pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one year probation, $1,000 fine, 40 hours community service and reimburse attorney fees. Bell initially was charged with theft by taking, court documents said.





Tony J. Bozeman, no address listed, pled guilty to first offender theft by taking motor vehicle and was sentenced to five years probation, $2,000 fine, restitution to victim, reimburse attorney fees and no contact with victim.

Faviana Sebastian Miguel, no address listed, pled guilty to first degree forgery and was sentenced to five years probation, $2,000 fine and 120 hours community service.

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