Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison for Operating Illegal Pill Factory


AUGUSTA, GA: A second Burke County man was sentenced to federal prison after admitting he ran an illegal pill factory from a residential building.

US District Court presiding judge J. Randal Hall sentenced Cedrick Gabriel Brown, aka “Pop,” 47, of Midville, Georgia, to 60 months in prison after Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess the property with intent to divulge Hand out methamphetamine, said David H. Estes, acting US attorney for the southern district of Georgia. Brown must also be released under custody for three years after his sentence expires. There is no parole in the federal system.

Brown’s co-defendant, Telly Savalas Carswell, 47, also of Midville, is serving a 168-month prison sentence after also pleading guilty of conspiracy to possess the drug with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine.

“Repair shop manufacturers like this defendant continue to use tablet presses, which ultimately injure and kill unsuspecting users,” said Robert J. Murphy, special agent for the Atlanta Field Division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “DEA and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting our communities by removing drug traffickers like these defendants. He will spend well-deserved time in federal prison. ”

“This ruling completes the investigation and prosecution of two men who have benefited from spreading poison in a rural community,” said Acting US Attorney Estes. “We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to hold those who would make money out of misery accountable.”

The investigation into Carswell and Brown began in January 2020 when DEA agents tracked the delivery of a commercial pill press to their Midville residence. With assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, DEA agents searched the house on May 7, 2020 and found the pill press along with methamphetamine, heroin, and other drugs; nearly $ 9,000 in cash; and paraphernalia related to drug manufacture and trafficking.

Both men have extensive criminal records, including state convictions for drug trafficking offenses.

The case has been investigated by the DEA and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted for the United States by U.S. Assistant Attorney Matthew Josephson.

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