Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4 Down, 1 Left in Brantley Drug Case; Fifth Defendant, Mother of Toddler, Is Ordered to Christian Rehab Center

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4 Down, 1 Left in Brantley Drug Case; Fifth Defendant, Mother of Toddler, Is Ordered to Christian Rehab Center

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | The fourth of five Brantley County residents indicted in a long-running drug conspiracy pleaded guilty to a single charge Monday, leaving only one defendant awaiting trial. The fifth defendant, the mother of an 11-month-old child, was ordered into drug treatment for her near daily use of methamphetamine, the drug she is also accused of transporting and selling.

Charles "Chuck" Dean of the Atkinson community in eastern Brantley County pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to a single count of selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent on Jan. 24, 2014.

All but Dean and Britni Burks have been confined since an indictment as unsealed in late March.

Last week, the husband and wife ringleaders in a meth and marijuana conspiracy, John and Lisa Wainright, pleaded guilty to growing marijuana at their double-wide mobile home on Joe Knox Bridge Road south of Nahunta. Timothy Lane has pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute it.

As a group, they were accused of conspiring to obtain an array of drugs for resale in Brantley and Wayne counties.

In exchange for their pleas and cooperation, the government will drop the conspiracy and other charges. They could face up to 20 years in prison, fines up to $1 million and a minimum of three years probation.

Just after Dean entered his guilty plea Monday, Burks, who was just recently arrested, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Stan Baker. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl I. Knoche asked Baker to detain Burks until her trial, but Baker said Burks needed treatment. Baker said there was no evidence anyone had tried that hard to track her down and arrest her since the other defendants appeared before him in early April.

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There was testimony before Baker that Burks traveled to Putnam County, Fla. …

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