Seven people are behind bars and two remain on the loose after being indicted on federal charges in a conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

The alleged offenders were working in Brantley, Clayton, Ware, and Wayne counties.

The following people were indicted and appeared in Judge Stan Baker’s federal courtroom in Brunswick:

  • Robert Ira Anderson
  • James Robin Belch
  • Lemuel Glenn Henderson
  • Grover W. Herrin
  • Charles W. Merkle
  • Karen Moody
  • Kenneth Jerome Williams

The alleged acts date back almost two years, to November 2015, and say more than 50 grams of methamphetamine was at the center of the investigation. Conspiracy charges can lead to sentences of 10 years to life and distribution charges hover from 10-20 years in prison.

Brantley County is one of Georgia’s counties struggling to reel in the methamphetamine epidemic.

The indictment asks the court to forfeit 15 guns to the government and it all stems from an investigation launched by the GBI’s Southeastern Drug Enforcement Office and the ATF.

All but one defendant plans to use a public defender.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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