Between Aug. 1, 2014 and summer 2016, six people are accused of participating in a Glynn County conspiracy to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, the usual state of cocaine before it’s turned into crack.
Federal prosecutors believe James Lee Roberts — also known as Bootney — was the ringleader, conspiring with Gladys Marie “T.T.” Moran, Bruce Lenard “Loose Bruce” Polite, Oscar Cummings III, Joe Ferdinando “Joe Joe” Bryant and Donald Eugene “Duck” Wesley.
Attorneys for Moran, Polite, Cummings and Wesley notified U.S. Magistrate Judge Stan Baker that their motions scheduled for hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick were resolved or otherwise satisfied by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. Bryant, on the other hand, had a number of matters before the court, including a request to sever his prosecution from the other suspects.
Bryant’s attorney, William B. Johnson of Fernandina Beach, Fla., said Thursday in court that his client only had limited conversations with Roberts and didn’t have any contact with the other named alleged co-conspirators.
Regardless, Baker said it’s too far out in the process to appropriately assess the motion, and that it should be handled instead by the trial judge as the case moves closer to the trial period. Of the many factors considered is that none of the other defendants have signed on to plea agreements yet, though two are in the process.
It wasn’t revealed which two of the other five defendants are considering pleas currently.
Bryant faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances and three counts of use of a communication facility. The final three counts are in regard to accusations Bryant talked with Roberts on a phone to possess and distribute cocaine.
The dates and times noted in the indictment are May 15, 2016 at 9:06 a.m., 9:07 a.m. and 9:11 a.m. Law enforcement were aware of these conversations through approved wire-taps.
Bryant also requested a modification of his pretrial release status. Baker noted that when Bryant asked for bond earlier, the judge was reticent to allow it because of Bryant’s extensive criminal record. However, testimony by Bryant’s mother and other circumstances present led Baker to let Bryant be confined to his mother’s residence, with the only allowances that he leave for court appearances and medical needs.
However, Bryant received an offer for full-time employment with a construction company, and since he fully complied with the court’s requirements and maintained close contact with his probation officer, Baker ruled that Bryant now be classified under home detention.
That means Bryant can leave the residence to go to work, religious services, substance abuse treatment, attorney visits, court appearances and anything else ordered by the court — but only those specific reasons, which are tracked closely.