Local minister sentenced to 10 years for federal drug trafficking, firearms offenses

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According to U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine, local minister, Cedric Manior, 44, of Rincon, was sentenced on March 30 to 10 years of incarceration by United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood. According to a release, 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 Cedric Manior, also known as “Preacher Man,” 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.  According to reports, Manior stored and sold drugs from his home located in Rincon, and he also directed his adult son, Cameron Edwards, to sell illegal drugs on his behalf. 
In January 2017, Chatham County 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 say they found a loaded semi-automatic pistol.  Near his church robe, agents say they 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 reported stolen.  Manior was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because he was previously convicted of six prior felony convictions for felonies committed on six separated dates.
Upon release from federal prison, Manior will be on court supervision for three years.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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