The “War on Drugs” rages on in this country and abroad. US Attorney Michael J. Moore announced indictments against 31 individuals after a nationwide sweep conducted by federal authorities, along with state and local authorities from Georgia. The investigation was called “Macon Money” and probed an organization charged with drug trafficking, money laundering and weapons, in a network spanning from Macon to Texas to northern California. According to 41NBC, Moore said, “With that and great cooperation with state and federal partners in sharing information, we were able to determine to determine who was responsible for bringing the drugs into the Middle Georgia area and with that we’re able to move forward with our case.”
One of the more high-profile arrests was that of Macon rapper Sonny Spoon, government name James E. Maxwell, 45. Sonny Spoon is among the 22 arrested from Middle Georgia. He is most well known for penning the fight song “Dirty Bird,” an homage to the team’s 1998 Super Bowl run. This won’t be his first time going to prison, if he’s convicted. He served six years previously on drug and weapons charges. After being released in 2010, Sonny Spoon worked with young people in Macon, urging them to avoid the criminal lifestyle.
In “Macon Money,” investigators seized 15 kilos of cocaine and 10,000 pounds of cannabis. The feds also seized around $500,000 in cash. Those arrested are facing sentences of five years to life in prison and fines ranging from $250,000 to $10 million.