A man accused of being in a position to deal the highly toxic opiate fentanyl in Camden County pleaded to a lesser included count regarding that offense Monday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick.
In an April 11 complaint filed with U.S. Magistrate Judge Stan Baker, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Rodney Holloway stated that during a traffic stop April 5 by Camden County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eddie Hardman of defendant Tyrone Bernard Bradley’s blue Dodge Ram 1500, Hardman noticed Bradley acting nervous, and an unusual baseball-shaped bulge in the crotch of Bradley’s pants.
After Bradley retrieved the bag, a sheriff’s office lieutenant examined its contents and discovered five smaller bags containing “an off-white rock-like and powdery substance.” According to the complaint, after being read his rights, Bradley said there were “about 5 ounces” of “dope,” later stating it was heroin.
Further investigation revealed Bradley possessed more than 40 grams of fentanyl, leading to his May 3 indictment for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Five ounces converts to about 141.75 grams.
Bradley faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, no more than a $1 million fine, no fewer than three years supervised release and a $100 mandatory special assessment.
It is not the first time Bradley ran afoul of federal authorities. A decade ago, nearly to the day, Bradley pleaded guilty to distribution of crack, receiving a sentence of seven years in federal prison and five years supervised release. For the plea, prosecutors dropped additional charges of conspiracy to distribute crack and cocaine hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute crack and a second count of crack distribution. U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia at that time, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl Knoche, who handled the most recent matter, also dealt with the prosecution in that case.
Also pleading Monday was Cyril Eversley, who conspired with Kasean Tillman in a counterfeiting conspiracy, generating bills of such a high quality they received plaudits from the U.S. Secret Service agent who led the investigation.
Eversley pleaded to Count 1 — conspiracy with intent to “defraud, pass and utter, and attempt to pass and utter” counterfeit bills. The indictment originally charged him with that count along with six counts of uttering counterfeit obligations.
He is accused of passing two fake $100 bills at a Savannah Walmart, along with tendering counterfeit currency at the Pooler Food Lion, a Savannah Enmark convenience store, two Richmond Hill Dollar General stores and the Brunswick Rack Room Shoes.
Eversley faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, no more than three years supervised release, a maximum fine of $250,000 plus restitution, and the $100 mandatory special assessment.
One case that was scheduled for Monday was moved to July 27 — the sentencing of Melvina Lewis, known as the wife of the man who ran the local set of the Bloods street gang. Lewis — also known as Ma Dukes, Ma and Mel — pleaded Jan. 10 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack.
The charge carries with it a sentence of 10 years in federal prison to life, a maximum fine of $10 million, no fewer than five years supervised release and the $100 mandatory special assessment.
The sentencing was moved from May 10 because she was to be “a critical witness in an upcoming trial,” according to the motion, and moved again for the same reason. The trial regards alleged Bloods coconspirator Charles Wilson, the only person in the 19-person indictment taking his case to a jury. It is scheduled to get underway July 17.