Alto Woman Facing Life Sentence In Gang Takedown

SAVANNAH, GA - An Alto woman has been indicted in what is being described as, “one of the largest takedowns of Ghost Face Gangsters to date,” by Attorney General Chris Carr.  Meagan M. James, a/k/a “Meagan M. Cooke,” “Amanda Gail Page,” and “MJ,” was one of the 43 men and women that have been charged with a number of criminal offenses including trafficking methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.  All defendants that were indicted are facing potential sentences of up to life in prison.

The indictment alleges that the narcotics-trafficking conspiracy began as early as 2015 and continued until the present, operating in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Emmanuel, Evans, and Tattnall Counties, in the Southern District of Georgia, and elsewhere. Members of the conspiracy associated with the Ghost Face Gangsters, a violent, white supremacist street gang operated largely from inside prisons, and with other criminal street gangs to aid in the distribution of controlled substances, for protection, and to promote a climate of fear.

Operation Vanilla Gorilla represents one of the largest takedowns of Ghost Face Gangsters associates to date, and follows the March 2018 arrests of 23 gang members in the Northern District of Georgia on federal charges, and multiple arrests in October 2018 on state charges in Spalding County, Ga.

Charges against the defendants in Operation Vanilla Gorilla include:

  • 25 counts alleging the possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute;

  • 18 counts alleging the unlawful distribution of controlled substances;

  • 25 counts alleging prohibited persons (drug users and/or felons) in possession of firearms and/or ammunition;

  • One count alleging the unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon – a sawed-off rifle;

  • One count alleging the possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number;

  • 10 counts alleging the possession of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills; and,

  • 2 counts alleging the possession of counterfeit currency.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of 23 firearms that were seized during this operation.