United States of America v. Matthew Kay and Parsa Ervin
Case Number: 5:22-cr-00006
Judge: Tilman E. Self, III
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Bibb County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Macon
Defendant's Attorney: Charles Cox for Kay
Kenneth Smith for Ervin
Description: Macon, Georiga criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Matthew Kay, 35, of Warner Robins, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Kay is deemed a career offender with two prior felony drug distribution convictions in state court. Parsa Ervin, 45, of Warner Robins, was was charged with two counts of use of a communication facility to conspire to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
“Armed drug traffickers and those associated with criminal organizations that threaten the safety of our region will be held accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “The federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that comprise the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force are laser-focused on identifying and dismantling the most dangerous criminal networks in the Middle District of Georgia.”
“This investigation deals a fatal blow to a once-thriving ‘meth’ ring,” said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division. “With the leader facing up to 40 years behind bars, the community of Warner Robins and elsewhere can rest assured that their communities are much safer today thanks to the outstanding case work by DEA and our local law enforcement partners.”
“ATF considers the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force a critical partner in its long-term mission of removing armed gangs, criminals and narcotics traffickers from our communities,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Beau Kolodka, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division.
“The Warner Robins Police Department is honored to have worked in conjunction with our federal partners through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force which resulted in the outcome of this case,” said Chief Wayne Fisher, Warner Robins Police Department. “It is through such local, state and federal partnerships that impacts such as these can be realized. It was with great work and effort from the men and women of this task force which resulted in these arrests that will have an immeasurable impact for the good of our shared communities.”
According to documents and other evidence admitted into court, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and Warner Robins Police Department officers investigated co-defendant Ontarrio Veal’s aka Torrie, 32, of Warner Robins, drug trafficking organization based out of Warner Robins from Jan. to June 2020. Law enforcement obtained court orders to intercept the phone calls and text messages from Veal’s and co-defendant Tamara Hall’s cell phones. Agents learned that Veal was a multi-kilogram methamphetamine dealer and surveilled Veal and various co-defendants conducting methamphetamine transactions and traveling to Atlanta to purchase large quantities of methamphetamine.
Veal was taken into custody on June 1 on a return trip from Atlanta in possession of three kilograms of methamphetamine and a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a 50-round drum magazine. Agents executed search warrants at various locations in Middle Georgia, seizing multiple firearms and ammunition, methamphetamine and more than $100,000 cash. The organization is responsible for distributing more than 16 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Veal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Nov. 15 and faces a maximum term of 40 years in prison to be followed by at least four years of supervised release and a $5,000,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2023.
Seven additional co-defendants have pleaded guilty and/or been sentenced as a result of this case:
Reginald Lowe, 41, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Aug. 30, 2022, and was sentenced to serve 240 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release on Dec. 6, 2022. Lowe’s federal sentence will run consecutive to a state sentence he is currently serving in Houston County, Georgia, for an aggravated assault conviction;
Milton Simmons aka Mann, 40, of Macon, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Aug. 1, 2022, and was sentenced to serve 120 months on Jan. 10;
Donna Ussery, 31, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on April 19, 2022, and was sentenced to serve 100 months in prison on Oct. 4, 2022;
Marquell Gaines aka Paris, 38, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to use of a communication facility to conspire to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on July 19, 2022, and was sentenced to serve 48 months in prison on Oct. 11, 2022;
Tamara Hall, 39, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on April 19, 2022, and sentencing is scheduled for April 25;
Victor Mendoza, 34, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to drugs on Dec. 1, 2022, via a global plea agreement in the Southern District of Alabama and sentencing is scheduled for March 3; and
Eddie Linkhorn, 42, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to two counts of use of a communication facility to conspire to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Oct. 20, 2022, and sentencing is scheduled for March 7.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
This case is being investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Warner Robins Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Will Keyes is prosecuting the case.
Outcome: Kay: Prison Term-235 Months to serve consecutively to Houston County Superior Court Case No. 2012C45920, 2013C47949 and 2015C50118. MAF:$100. Supv Rls 4 yrs.
Ervin: Prison Term: 48 months on Count 1 and 9 months as to Count 2 to run consecutively for a total term of 57 months to run consecutively to any term in Houston County Superior Count Case Nos. 2015C49811, 2021C55819 and 2013C48015 for violation of probation. MAF: $100 for each count for a total of $200. Supv Rls of 1 year for each count to run concurrently for a total of 1 year.