2019-03-13 / Front Page

Federal sweep ends in two local arrests

ROY F. CHALKER JR.


Wallace Shannon Lane Wallace Shannon Lane Two Burke County men are among 26 people, including associates of a violent criminal street gang, who have been indicted on drugs and firearms charges after a series of investigations in Georgia and South Carolina. The arrests in Operation Gunsmoke were announced Tuesday, March 12, in a joint press conference held at the Aiken Department of Public Safety Headquarters by the United States Attorneys for the Southern District of Georgia and the District of South Carolina.

The two Burke County men arrested were Wallace Shannon Lane, charged with distribution of methamphetamine, and Keldrick Demonta Streetman, charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine as well as distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine.

The investigations were initiated by the Regional Anti-Gang Enforcement (RAGE) Task Force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. It began in 2017 as an investigation of a member of the Bloods criminal street gang who is alleged to have coordinated continued criminal activity while being held in the Aiken County Detention Center awaiting retrial for murder in a 2008 drug-related home invasion. From 2017 to the present, ATF agents in Georgia and South Carolina identified multiple targets in the investiga- tion. Nine were named in 25 criminal charges listed in three separate indictments by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia, while 17 additional defendants have been indicted in the South Carolina District.


Keldrick Demonta Streetman Keldrick Demonta Streetman Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said Tuesday, “Burke County is blessed with having a BCSO Deputy on the ATF Task Force for our area. This allows us to prosecute violent armed criminals federally, thus benefiting the local citizens and taxpayers. It also affords us the opportunity for federal grant funding, the use of a federal vehicle and access to information and technology that helps to keep everyone in Burke County safe.”

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