ATF Seeks Public Assistance with Apprehension of Federal Fugitives in Relation to 'Operation Augusta Ink'

Eleven Federal Suspects, Felons and Gang Members Remain 'At Large'

Nov 23, 2007, 00:00 ET from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

    AUGUSTA, Ga., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Agents of the
 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are seeking the
 public's assistance in locating 11 federal fugitives wanted in connection
 with the illegal possession and sales of firearms, drugs and stolen
 vehicles to undercover agents and Richmond County Sheriff's detectives.
     The charges stem from a 16-month investigation, in which undercover ATF
 Special Agents and Richmond County Sheriff's deputies posed as owners and
 employees of a Hephzibah, Ga. tattoo parlor, purchasing illegal firearms
 and drugs from the criminal element.
     Ultimately, more than 330 firearms were purchased from suspects, many
 of whom are gang members and convicted felons. On Nov. 14, 2007, the
 investigation culminated in a large arrest operation. Just prior to the
 takedown, 48 individuals had been indicted by a federal grand jury and 12
 additional federal arrest warrants were issued pursuant to the filing of
 federal criminal complaints. Eleven federal defendants and suspects now
 remain at large.
     "Violence, gun trafficking and drug dealing were the main ingredients
 of these suspects and their criminal lifestyle," said ATF Special Agent in
 Charge Vanessa McLemore. "ATF wants these defendants to answer to their
 charges as swiftly as possible and we need the public's help."
     As a result of "Operation Augusta Ink," the following persons are
 wanted pursuant to federal indictments and criminal complaints:
Jimmy BONAPARTE, aka: "Rugged," 39, of Augusta, Ga.; Balaam Benjamin GRINNAGE, aka: "Bizo," 25, of Augusta, Ga.; Larry Thomas HARRIS, 25, of Augusta, Ga.; Gregory Maurice HUMPHREY, aka: "Maurice," 20, of Augusta, Ga.; Kedrick Marquiez JOHNSON, aka: "Kedric," 26, of Augusta, Ga.; Dwayne Cleon O'SULLIVAN, aka: "Rasta," aka: "Donavan Jackson," 38, of Atlanta; Pamela Diane PALMER, aka: "CiCi," 32, of Augusta, Ga.; Rodriquez Chavantez PALMER, aka: "Fish," aka: "Van," 33, of Augusta, Ga.; Jumar Antwan SHEPPARD, aka: "Jamal," aka: "Jumor," 19, of Augusta, Ga.; Samuel Vanessa SUNKETT, aka: "Van," 51, of Augusta, Ga. and Terrence Quinton WILLIAMS, aka: "Q," 18, of Hephzibah, Ga. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these fugitives is asked to call: 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477). All calls will be kept confidential. For more information about these fugitives, please visit For more information about "Operation Augusta Ink," please visit . Contact: Special Agent Marc Jackson Public Information Officer (404) 417-2610 Office

SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives