Published On: Wed, Oct 14th, 2015

Fifteen Savannah residents charged with federal firearm, drug trafficking, related offenses

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chiefFifteen  Savannah residents have been charged with federal firearms and drug-trafficking offenses as part of a joint federal and state violent-crime reduction initiative in the Savannah area.

In addition to federal charges, 90 state arrests were made within the past two weeks during a state and federal operation to remove violent offenders, drugs and illegal weapons off of the streets of Savannah.

Joseph H. Lumpkin Sr., chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, called the arrests a great example of how collaborations between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies can effect real change in reducing violent crime.

“The goal of our End Gun Violence:  Step Forward initiative is to target individuals such as these prohibited gun carriers as well as get illegal guns off the street,” the chief said.

“The citizens of Savannah and Chatham County can expect to see more of this focused teamwork and prosecution aimed at the 5 percent of our population who are engaged in gun violence and are creating fear in our neighborhoods.”

The Savannah residents charged within the past week with federal crimes include:

  • Shavar Spence, a/k/a “Veezy,” 31; charged with drug trafficking, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and related crimes;
  • Antwan Leshawn Coley, a/k/a “Felix,” 32; charged with drug trafficking;
  • Braylon Williams, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” 20; charged with drug trafficking;
  • Lajordan Johnson, 22; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm in furthering of drug trafficking;
  • Blanche Spence, 50; charged with drug trafficking and with maintaining a drug-related premises;
  • Charles Leonard Mobley, 21; charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Miguel Antwan Mitchell, 28; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Bruce Lloyd, 30; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Brandon Anthony Adams, 28; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Laron Allen, 28; charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Kwesi Nkosi Chew, 28; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Tsaddiq Ndesha Chew, 26; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Rakeem Gallop, a/k/a “Slice,” 25; charged with drug trafficking and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon;
  • Michael Simpson, 51; charged with an attempted carjacking; and,
  • Todd Benjamin, a/k/a “Todd Royal,” 20; charged with an attempted carjacking.

U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver said law enforcement’s top priority is the safety of citizens.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will work hand in hand with our federal and state law enforcement partners to remove dangerous criminals who traffic in guns, drugs and fear in the Savannah area,” Tarver said.

“Let me be clear.  I believe that some people are dangerous and need to go to prison, sometimes for a very long time.  But, arresting criminals is not the only answer to Savannah’s violent crime problem.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to provide its support to a number of other anti-crime initiatives, including recidivism reduction campaigns and the city’s Step Forward strategy.  Working together, we can end the violent crime problems plaguing the great city of Savannah.”

District Attorney Meg Heap agreed.

“I have said before that the key to the success of the Step Forward strategy is a consistent, collaborative effort from all stakeholders in Savannah and Chatham County,” Heap said.

“This recent effort is just one step in the journey to stop violence and develop long term positive change in our community. I want to commend the U.S. Attorney’s Office and all of the law enforcement agencies who were involved in this operation.”

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