VALDOSTA -- Dave Parker Anderson Jr., 34, was arrested Tuesday in Valdosta on charges of violating the Racketeer and Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.

According to the indictment, Anderson was operating an enterprise that committed mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and tax offenses. The indictment said Anderson also conspired with others to distribute powder and crack cocaine.

If convicted, he could face a possible sentence of 40 years in prison.

Edmund Booth Jr., U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced Tuesday that the federal grand jury in Savannah returned an indictment on Sept. 20 against Anderson, a former sales manager of South Georgia Nissan in Vidalia and former owner of Team Nissan in Statesboro, charging him with federal drug and racketeering charges.

Five others, including Anderson's wife, were also charged with various federal charges. Leigh Anderson, 31, Valdosta, was charged with RICO, conspiracy, mail fraud and bank fraud.

Booth said the indictment was the result of a four-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Statesboro and Vidalia Police Department, the Bullock County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's offices in the Ogeechee District and the Middle Judicial Circuit.

Dan Drake, public relations with the U.S. attorney, South District of Georgia, said that after the arraignment, there would be four to five weeks before the motion hearing.

The trial should take place within 70 days. "The federal court moves a lot faster than the state court," Drake said.

The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. attorneys Carlton Bourne Jr. and Lamar Walter.

To contact reporter Rip Prine, please call 244-3400, ext. 237.

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