South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News Bulletin – 12-8-17 6 p.m. ET – Serious drug trafficking indictments returned in Augusta against two men in separate cases
DRUG TRAFFICKING IN AUGUSTA, GA
By Greg Peterson
South Eastern Social Justice Breaking News
Co-owner, News Director
(Augusta, GA) – An Aiken, South Carolina man has been indicted on federal charges in Augusta, GA involving allegations of armed drug trafficking in Richmond County.
In addition, the grand jury has indicted a an Augusta man in a separate case for heroin distribution scroll down to read more about him.
42-year-old Alton Carraway, Jr. of Aiken, SC is named in a 4-count felony indictment reunited yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Augusta, GA.
Carraway is charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances (Meth, heroin), possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a stolen firearm.
On June 20, 2017 in Richmond County, Carraway alleged planned to distribute “500 grams or more” heroin and meth, plus “a quantity” of marijuana, the indictment states.
The same day, Carraway allegedly possessed a Ruger Model Blackhawk .45 caliber revolver, and a Smith & Wesson Model Airweight .38 caliber pistol “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the grand jury charged. The indictment alleges the Ruger .45 was stolen.
The grand jury alleges that Carraway possessed the handguns knowing he had already convicted of possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on June 18, 2015 in Richmond County Superior Court.
The indictment includes a “forfeiture allegation” in which prosecutors are seeking to claim the guns and all proceeds of Carraway’s alleged drug trafficking.
Carraway’s arrest history in the Aiken and Augusta area ranges from shoplifting to failure to pay fines to guns/drugs – possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, plus possession of a firearm by convicted felon.
40-year-old Matthew Ward Timmerman of Augusta, GA is charged in a one count indictment returned yesterday in federal court in Augusta.
Timmerman is accused of possession heroin for sales on June 22, 2017. The indictment doesn’t describe the circumstances of the case. Timmerman’s arrest record over past decade includes trafficking in both heroin and methamphetamines.
On May 12, 2017, Timmerman was booked into the Richmond County jail on felony charges of heroin trafficking and cocaine distribution.
In 2009 Timmerman was paroled to Aiken County, SC from a state prison in Georgia after serving about six years total for crimes that included a 10-year sentence for drugs.
Timmerman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his December 2005 conviction in Richmond County for methamphetamine trafficking to run concurrently with a eight year probation sentence in 2001 for possession of Xanax with intent to distribute. It appears he was in prison from April 2003 when probation was revoked until paroled in 2009.
Timmerman was also ordered wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet upon release to Aiken County.
The federal prosecutors in the two cases are:
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby L. Christine
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian T. Rafferty, criminal division chief
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Green Rhodes, lead counsel and deputy chief at criminal division
Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Brian Tanner, chief appellate division