Accused in dog fighting, drug conspiracy case pleads guilty

MACON, Georgia (WBL) — The 13th and final defendant in a multi-state dog fight and drug-distribution conspiracy pleaded guilty on Friday.

Armard Davis, aka Black Jack, 43, of Fort Valley, Georgia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and to conspiracy to participate in an animal fighting operation on January 28, 1948.

According to court documents, law enforcement officials were investigating a criminal organization involved in both cocaine distribution and organized dog fighting based in Roberta, Georgia, which spanned northern Georgia, Florida and Alabama from May 2019 to February 2020. Davis communicated regularly on all elements of dogfighting, including planning, scheduling, and participating in dogfights.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on Davis’ Fort Valley property on February 24, 2020, according to prosecutors, where agents found nine injured dogs, medical supplies related to dog fights, and various pedigrees.

Prosecutors say DEA agents observed Davis selling methamphetamine on January 5, 2021. Under surveillance, Davis was pulled over in Peach County, Georgia and arrested in possession of approximately 468 grams of suspected methamphetamine and $3,890 in cash.

Davis faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine on the drug conspiracy charges and a maximum of five years and a $250,000 fine on the animal fighting conspiracy charges . Sentencing is scheduled for July 10.

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