A federal grand jury has charged nine alleged members of a cocaine trafficking network that used “stash houses” in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs to store and distribute the illegal drugs, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Monday.
Four Baton Rouge residents were among those indicted on cocaine charges in “Operation Drop the Hammer” — Darryl Q. Cobb, 33, also known as “Hammer Bob” and “Hammer”; Tabari A. Wilkerson, 37, also known as “T”; Morgan M. Dillon, 33, also known as “Mo”; and Dequincy M. Conley, 39, also known as “Dee Dee.”
Three Denham Springs residents — Thurman Ray Morris, 57; Gerald Norwood Cobb, 63; and Lashonda Desiree Cobb, 31 — and an Albany resident, Troy Lee Albert, 32, also known as “Shine,” also are charged with cocaine offenses.
Those eight defendants also face a conspiracy charge. The indictment alleges the conspiracy spanned from 2009 to October 2013 and involved the use of “stash houses” on Hammond Manor Drive in Baton Rouge, and Maryland and Central streets in Denham Springs.
“My office, together with our federal, state, and local partners, will continue to focus our energies and resources on eradicating drug trafficking organizations and the violence that comes with them,” Green said. “To be clear, dangerous drug dealers will find no safe haven within the federal criminal justice system.”
The remaining defendant, Shabass J. Dantzler, 25, of Springfield, was indicted on a charge of unlawful use of a communications facility.
Darryl Cobb, Wilkerson, Dillon, Morris, Gerald Cobb and Lashonda Cobb also were charged with unlawful use of a communications facility.
Darryl and Lashonda Cobb are siblings, and Gerald Cobb is Darryl Cobb’s uncle, prosecutors said.
Joseph Shepard, the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the New Orleans Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the indictment and arrests “stand as a warning to those individuals whose greed drives them to pollute the greater Baton Rouge area with poisonous contraband.”
“The message that law enforcement continues to send to drug dealers is, selling drugs will bring an end to your freedom,” he added.
If convicted, each defendant could face significant prison time, fines and restitution, Green said.
The operation is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and Denham Springs Police Department, with assistance from the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department and Louisiana State Police, he said.
Green recognized the team of agents and prosecutors involved in the operation. He specifically cited the “tremendous contribution” of the late Denham Springs motorcycle Officer James E. Foster Jr., who died Dec. 30 from injuries sustained a day earlier while heading to the scene of an accident.