“Minister Cedric Manior, 44, of Rincon was sentenced Friday to 10 years of incarceration by United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.
Manior was convicted last August of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine and to being a felon in possession of firearms.
Evidence presented in court filings and at sentencing revealed that Manior, also known as “Preacher Man” and a minister of New Beginnings International Outreach Ministry, was involved in a major drug trafficking organization that sold cocaine and crack cocaine in the Southern District of Georgia and elsewhere.
Manior stored and sold drugs from his home in Rincon, according to a press release from United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine. Manior also directed his adult son, Cameron Edwards, to sell illegal drugs on his behalf.
In January 2017, Chatham Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) agents, along with the Savannah-Chatham SWAT team executed a search warrant at Manior’s residence in Rincon. Agents seized marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription medication, drug scales, drug manufacturing and distribution tools, heat-sealing machine, baggies, beakers, body armor, cash, 20 firearms, AR-style magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
On his bed, next to his Bible, agents found a loaded semi-automatic pistol. Near his church robe, agents found a Tec 9, assault semi-automatic style pistol with an extended magazine that is capable of holding over 15 rounds of ammunition.
Drug trafficking supplies and firearms were located throughout the residence. Many of the weapons were stolen. Manior was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because he was previously convicted of six prior felony convictions for felonies committed on six separate dates.
Upon release from federal prison, Manior will be on court supervision for three years. There is no parole in the federal system.
Manior is one of over 20 defendants who have been convicted in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation. In this investigation, agents have seized kilograms of cocaine, pounds of marijuana, dozens of firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chatham Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, the Savannah Police Department, Garden City Police Department, Effingham Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the United States Marshals Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Greg Gilluly Jr.”