Six Georgia residents, four of them brothers, were sentenced by federal courts for trafficking heroin and fentanyl that directly led to three deaths. The men face over 40 years in prison combined.
According to the Department of Justice, Eric "Pee Wee" Hayes, the leader of a south Georgia fentanyl- and heroin-trafficking operation, will face over 20 years in federal prison for his role in the drug dealing ring.
With a total of 262 months in prison (approximately 22 years) without parole and eight years of supervised release after the term, Hayes pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.
Hayes and his cohorts were investigated in 2020 when a series of heroin and fentanyl overdoses were traced back to the 39-year-old as the supplier of the drugs.
Hayes' older brother, Cyrlus "Dubo" Hayes, 45, was also sentenced to 120 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.
Younger brother Davey "Little Dave" Green, 35, received 58 months in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of fentanyl.
The last of the brothers, 35-year-old Renalba "Reno" Green, is sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the drug trafficking, in which he used a cell phone to conduct illegal activity.
“The investigation of Eric Hayes and his co-conspirators – including his three brothers – exposes the horrors of the growing fentanyl menace in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Jill Steinberg.
“An alarming number of overdoses and deaths drew attention to these drug dealers, and they are being held accountable for distributing poison throughout the Waycross area," she explained.
Two more were charged in relation to the crimes: Crystal Champagne, 34, is sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for distribution of fentanyl, while Preston Luke, 27, received three years' probation for distribution of fentanyl.
“Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin," said Robert J. Murphy, the special agent in charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division.
"The combination of these deadly substances has claimed many lives,” Murphy commented, adding, “Because of the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement, these defendants can no longer distribute these dangerous and potentially deadly substances.”
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