One of four Cartersville men jailed on federal drug charges in West Virginia tied to the death of Courtney Dubois, whose dismembered body was found in a Bartow County landfill in August 2018, has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court.
According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Northern District of West Virginia, Joel Marcario Jimenez, 37, of Cartersville, has entered a guilty plea to the charge of conspiracy to posess with the intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances. He is one of four defendants in a federal case alleging a drug pipeline from Georgia to West Virginia. He was arrested on charges in May 2019 and has remained jailed in West Virginia pending prosecution. Jimenez now faces sentencing and could serve 10 or more years in prison.
Other defendants in the case are Terrick Robinson, 34, of Cartersville; William Gregory “Will” Chappell, 32, of Cartersville; and Sheddrick Damond Banks, 26, of Cartersville.
Robinson has pleaded innocent and is awaiting prosecution on the drug conspiracy charge, as well as a charge alleging distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The latter charge involves the alleged overdose death of Dubois, 20, of Fairmont, last Aug. 9 in Lewis County. The dismembered body of Dubois was found Aug. 13 in the Bartow County, Georgia, landfill.
Robinson and his attorneys filed a motion in October to have the charges against him dropped because he’s been jailed since Sept. 5, 2018, with no trial being set, and that’s a violation of his right to a speedy trial under the Speedy Trial Act of 1964, his defense attorneys argue. Under the Speedy Trial Act, a defendant is entitled to have his trial within 70 days of his first appearance, although there are certain exceptions, according to the motion. Previous story
Chappell has pleaded guilty to federal drug and gun charges and is awaiting sentencing. He is expected to face 20 or more years in prison for a crystal meth possession/distribution conspiracy, and possession of a 9mm handgun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Banks was released from the Bartow County Jail Detention Center on September 9, 2019 into a residental substance abuse treatment (RSAT) program.