SAVANNAH, GA (August 23, 2012) The arrest of six of Savannah’s most dangerous suspects highlighted an eight-month investigation for Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and federal authorities today.
SCMPD Patrol officers, detectives, Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center (SARIC), SWAT Team, Aviation and K-9 Officers along with Chatham County deputies and K-9 officers, Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and U.S. Marshals conducted the arrests in a sweep of the area bounded by West Victory Drive, MLK Boulevard and 38th Streets.
Arrested were Cedric Reynolds, charged with six counts of sale of cocaine and being party to the crime of armed robbery; Michael Griffin, sale of cocaine, and armed robbery; Antonio Mitchell, three counts of sale of cocaine; Dominique Bostic, nine counts of sale of cocaine, five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and Rasheen Lawrence, charged with sale of cocaine. CNT agents arrested Derrick Bernard McRae, charged with the sale of controlled substances.
Still at large are Travis Young, Edward Singleton, Victor Holloway, Willie Lee Smith, Maurice Ruff and Michael Passmore.
Young is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime.
Singleton is charged with four counts of sale of cocaine.
Holloway is charged with three counts of sale of cocaine.
Smith is charged with sale of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Ruff is charged with sale of cocaine.
Passmore is charged with being party to the crime of armed robbery and two counts of sale of cocaine.
The investigation was spearheaded by the Savannah Area Regional Gun Enforcement (SARGE) Task Force which is composed of SCMPD and Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). SARGE, with special assistance from SCMPD’s Central Precinct Crime Suppression Unit has been focused on criminal activity in and stemming from the Cuyler- Brownsville area.
Police Chief Willie Lovett praised the SARGE operation and pointed out that this is the first wave of warrant sweeps that will take place as his department works to combat crime Cuyler- Brownsville and other areas of Savannah. The operation was conducted to emphasize that violent behavior in the city will not be tolerated, he said.
The men were taken into custody without incident in individual arrests during the warrant sweep. Many of the men are suspected in recent attacks including shootings in the Cuyler-Brownsville area and other sections of Savannah.
Anyone with information the locations of the remaining suspects is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. 1-800-ATF-GUNS is another number where violent crime, firearm and gang information can be forwarded.
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