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Decade-long drug operation busted in Godwin

Posted June 22, 2018 4:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2018 6:18 p.m. EDT

— For a decade, authorities said, two brothers sold massive amounts of crack cocaine from a trailer in Godwin.

Mayor Willie Burnett said traffic would flow from Interstate 95 onto Highway 82. It pained him to see women he assumed were prostitutes.

"They weren’t from here. We didn't know them, but they would be young girls, look like they come from nice families," he said. "They would stop the truck drivers, sell their bodies to go buy drugs."

The 24-hours-a-day, 7-day-a-week operation was busted in 2014, but the brothers continued selling the drugs from a Winnebago across the street.

Sheriff Ennis Wright said his team was working around the clock to gather evidence.

For years, locals complained about the goings-on and the spin-off crime.

"When you're in that kind of environment, you get a lot of theft," Burnett said. "People steal to buy drugs. They would steal lawnmowers. You leave something in your shed, it was gone."

Burnett said authorities made arrests throughout the years, but that investigation into capturing the ring leaders, which involved federal, state and county authorities, would take time.

“It wasn’t like we could go in and kick the door in to drag them out. If we kicked the front door in, they would be right out again. So, we had to gather the evidence,” Burnett said.

In June 2015, Antoine Dewayne Myles, of Dunn, and Lemont Jerrone Web, of Godwin, were arrested.

Burnett said a federal wiretap in early 2015 led to the arrests.

Prosecutors said the brothers never came to the trailers; instead they hired people to do the dealing. The brothers also started a towing business, which was used to launder money.

"Ever since then, the town has been so quiet," Burnett said.

On Thursday, officials announced their sentences during a news conference in the Godwin Town Hall.

Myles was sentenced to life in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. He was convicted on March 8 after a three-day trial of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack and money laundering conspiracy.

Webb was sentenced to life in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was convicted following a four-day trail of drug conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute crack and several money laundering offenses.