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Drug Trafficking Sting Catches 14 Metro Atlanta Suspects

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was among those indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Jarvis Crittenton, a former NBA player, now faces a drug conspiracy charge in addition to a previous murder charge. Credit: Fulton County Jail
Jarvis Crittenton, a former NBA player, now faces a drug conspiracy charge in addition to a previous murder charge. Credit: Fulton County Jail

More than a dozen people, including former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, were arrested in an early morning drug trafficking sting Wednesday throughout metro Atlanta by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The suspects were indicted on Friday on multiple drug charges including conspiracy to commit the crime of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to commit the crime of trafficking in marijuana, according to a release from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office.

The defendants are alleged to have been a part of a drug trafficking organization centered in metro Atlanta.  Crittenton and the other suspects are accused of selling multi-kilo quantities of cocaine and several hundred pounds of marijuana during the seven-month investigation dating back to June 2012.

The operation was directed by members of the David G. Wilhelm Strike Force—a special cooperative drug task force comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Charged along with Mr. Crittenton are:

  • Courtney Lavon Cain, 28, of Atlanta
  • Lanier Clark, 32, of College Park,
  • Marcado Curry, 36
  • McKinnley Denson, 33, of Ellenwood
  • Ludie Jackson, 44, of Stockbridge
  • Cindy McQueary, 44
  • Shenekea Smith, 33

Each of these defendants was indicted on state charges and will be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Gangs and Drugs Unit in Fulton County Superior Court. The other six defendants face federal charges.

Prior to this morning’s arrest, Crittenton was on bond awaiting trial on murder charges for the 2011 shooting death of an Atlanta woman. A trial date for that case has not yet been set.

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