‘Meth Merchant’ from Ware County sentenced to federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Jarvis Godwin, 39, Homerville, Ga., was sentenced to 188 months in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. Godwin was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.


According to court documents and testimony, investigators from the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation of Godwin’s drug trafficking activity in 2020. The investigation documented multiple instances of Godwin selling large quantities of methamphetamine.

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The investigation resulted in Godwin’s indictment and arrest in September 2022. Godwin pled guilty to one count of methamphetamine distribution in December 2022 and was scheduled for sentencing in April 2023.

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The defendant’s sentencing was delayed after investigators recovered evidence of Godwin’s continued involvement in drug dealing.

While in custody pending sentencing, Godwin engaged other individuals, through the use of jail phone facilities, in a conspiracy to import quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana. The investigation resulted in the successful bust of illegal drugs before they could be sold and distributed.

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“Methamphetamine and other highly addictive illegal drugs deliver devastation to communities, no matter how rural or populous,” U.S. Attorney Jill E. Steinberg said. “The Ware County area will be much safer with this meth merchant behind bars.”

Godwin has a long history of criminal convictions for drug offenses.

Mike Register, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement:

“The sentencing of Jarvis Godwin for methamphetamine distribution underscores our commitment to combating the devastating impact of illegal drugs on our communities. Godwin’s repeated convictions for drug offenses demonstrate his disregard for the well-being of our communities, but this outcome will contribute to a safer Ware County area,” said Mike Register, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “We commend the collaborative efforts of the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and our own investigators for their dedication in bringing Godwin to justice.”

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The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bradley R. Thompson and Marcela C. Mateo.