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FBI leads pre-dawn drug raids in Cook County

FBI Agents, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and local authorities surrounded homes across Cook County, beginning at about 6 a.m. Thursday, and took 18 of 21 charged defendants into custody, all of whom are being charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.
The takedown is a part of a case targeting a large drug trafficking network originating in Adel, Georgia, according to the FBI.
A total of 21 defendants are named in a newly unsealed federal indictment. The indictment also includes additional charges for each defendant, including two charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In total, 18 defendants have been arrested:
• Mitchell Brown, 37, Adel, GA
• Rosa Lee Simmons, 43, Adel, GA
• Christopher Martin, 53, Adel, GA
• Larkem Hayes, 35, Adel, GA
• Tyrone McCormick, 51, Adel, GAFBI armored vehicle
• Willie Keeley, 50, Adel, GA
• Bobby Kaiser, 52, Adel, GA
• Willie Brown, 41, Adel, GA
• Carla McNorton, 54, Adel, GA
• Justin Thompson, 36, Adel, GA
• Calvin Smith, 55, Adel, GA
• Yardley Payne, 55, Adel, GA
• Lyric Linder, 27, Adel, GA
• Calvin Smith Jr, 34, Tifton, GA
• Harold Gray, 53, Adel, GA
• Vernando Henley, 42, Valdosta, GA
• Joe Smith, 54, Axson, GA
• Amjed Hajjaj, 41, Dinuba, CA
The following suspects are still wanted by the FBI in connection to the investigation: Maria Graham, of Adel; Eddie Harley of Riverview, Florida; and Charles Dunwoody of Hollywood, California.
If you have information on the remaining suspects, you are asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to
This case is being investigated by the Southwest Georgia Gang Task Force.
Agencies involved in the investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Hahira Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Adel Police Department, United States Marshal Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Georgia. More than 100 agents and officers were involved in the raids.
The Adel News will have more information as it becomes available.

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