Quintilis Davenport, a 33-year-old resident of Union City, Georgia, has been handed a 16-year prison sentence, followed by five years of supervised release, for his involvement in a large-scale drug trafficking operation. The operation centered around the distribution of substantial quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl in and around the Atlanta area.
The sentencing comes as a result of Davenport's possession of three firearms, multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, and nearly a kilogram of fentanyl at the time of his arrest. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan emphasized the severity of Davenport's conduct, stating, "This sentence is a reflection of the seriousness of this conduct and the necessity to deter others from engaging in such dangerous drug trafficking activities."
The DEA Atlanta Division, whose special agent played a pivotal role in Davenport's apprehension, expressed satisfaction with the outcome. Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division, remarked, "This violent drug trafficker can no longer distribute dangerous drugs, such as methamphetamine and fentanyl, as he now faces the consequences for his poor choices."
According to the charges and information presented in court, on August 24, 2022, Davenport intended to sell a kilogram of methamphetamine and 1,000 fentanyl pills to an undercover DEA special agent. When law enforcement moved in for the arrest, Davenport attempted to flee, discarding a firearm into a pond in the process.
Following his capture, a search of Davenport's Union City apartment revealed a significant cache of illicit substances and weapons. Law enforcement discovered 14 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1,500 fentanyl pills, nearly half a kilogram of fentanyl powder, and three firearms. The DEA highlighted that the quantity of fentanyl alone was sufficient to pose a life-threatening risk to thousands of individuals. One of the firearms recovered was reported stolen and included a 50-round drum magazine. Additionally, investigators seized seven more magazines and a substantial amount of ammunition from Davenport's residence.
Davenport, who pleaded guilty on August 22, 2023, was convicted on the charges, leading to the 16-year prison sentence. The court's decision underscores the commitment of law enforcement to combat the distribution of dangerous narcotics and protect communities from the devastating impact of substances like fentanyl.