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
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
1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
For more information about these fugitives, please visit
http://www.atf.gov/wanted/. For more information about "Operation Augusta
Ink," please visit http://www.atf.gov/ .
Contact: Special Agent Marc Jackson
Public Information Officer
(404) 417-2610 Office
SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives