A Man from Georgia has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a US court. The man was found responsible for distributing up to 200,000 counterfeit Xanax pills every month. His sentence was revealed by an announcement made by the United States Attorney of Southern Georgia.
Charges & Sentencing
Walker appeared in-front of U.S. District Court Chief Judge J.Randal Hall. The Judge gave Walker Christian Forrester a 240 month prison sentence. Walker was charged for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute. He was also charged for Distribution of Controlled Substances (Carfentanil, Alprazolam, and Cannabis).
Investigators appointed by the federal government identified Forrester as the leader of operations. The Georgia based drug trafficking group consisted of four more co-conspirators. All of them have already received a prison sentence for their roles in the conspiracy.
Kobie Watters was later sentenced to in prison with additional ten years. He was charged for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute. He was also charged with possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
Jonathan Lester received a sentence of 210 month in prison. He was charged with Conspiracy to Posses with Intent to Distribute. He was also charged with intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.
Morgan Slaton was found guilty for Conspiracy to Distribute. He was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance with intent to Distribute. He received a 3 years of probation. Armand Saedi plead guilty to the same charges. All of the defendants received an additional five years of supervised release after their prison sentence.
Getting on the radar
The group produced and distributed pills in 2016. They avoided the radar of investigators until late 2017. Forrester ordered an additional industrial pill press, the purchase caught the attention of the DEA. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated forest and other of his con-conspirators.
Arrested with Firearm
In late November of 2017, police officers in Georgia conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle driven by Forrester, a juvenile was also in the car with him. During the search of the vehicle, police officers found thousands of counterfeit Xanax pills. They also found some cannabis and a short-barrel shotgun. It is still unknown if Forrester illegally possessed the firearm.
Forrester was never charged with any violations against the National Fire Arms Act. This means he had all the proper paper-work and the gun was probably legally owned. He was however charged with the Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking crime which is illegal.
Investigators found that Forrester's group started producing fake Xanax pills in 2016. They also found that the criminals chose to sell the counterfeit pills on the dark-net. When Forrester's operation peaked, more than 200,000 pills were distributed monthly. His operations yielded more than $20,000 every month.
Forrester was also charged for receiving packages of fentanyl from china. He repackaged the narcotics and then slipped the package to a dark-net vendor located in Canada. The Canadian vendor paid Forrester $10,000 almost every month for his services.
Forrester's sentencing looks to be coming to an end. The latest sentencing is considered to be one of the final in the case against Forrester but is not for two of his group members that are facing charges. In April of 2018 the state of Georgia charged Lester and Watters for serious crimes. They were both being charged with murder and aggravated assault in connection with the death of Chase David Loffler. Chase David Loffler is a suspected co-conspirator that was living in Walton county. Both criminals are being accused of beating and suffocating the victim. Loffler's body was found berried in a shallow grave in Lester's backyard.