Nine charged in aptly named "Operation Hammer"
BATON ROUGE - A nine-person grand jury indictment was unsealed Monday, revealing the details of a case built against people accused or running a drug trafficking network across I-12.
The case, nicknamed "Operation Hammer," targeted people from Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish. The investigation was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program. The OCDETF was established in 1982 to mount a comprehensive attack against organized drug traffickers.
Darryl Q. Cobb, also known as "Hammer Bob" and "hammer," was charged along with Tabari A. Wilkerson, Morgan M. Dillon, Thurman Ray Morris, Gerald Norwood Cobb, Lashonda Desiree Cobb, Dequincy M. Conley, Troy Lee Albert, and Shabass J. Dantzler.
"Dangerous drug dealers will find no safe haven within the federal criminal justice system," United States Attorney Walt Green said. He continued, "I greatly appreciate the hardworking team of agents and prosecutors for their tireless efforts during this important operation."
"In particular, I would like to recognize the tremendous contribution of the late Officer James E. Foster, Jr., Denham Springs Police Department, who recently lost his life in the line of duty while responding to an emergency. In remembering Officer Foster, we are reminded of the sacrifices that law enforcement officers and their families make every day to ensure the safety of our community," Green said.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Denham Springs Police Department worked the case with assistance from the 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Baton Rouge City Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.
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