-a 1972 Chevy Chevelle Malibu convertible
-Seven homes in Georgia - Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Fairburn and Hampton owned by Williams
-Jewelry, including Gucci, Breitling, Rolex and Michael Kors watches
-No less than 12 additional cars
According to his plea, Williams gave up everything except the Chevy convertible and one apartment in Fairburn, Ga. And the scope of the searches indicate that there's more than meets the eye when it comes to this case.
Here's how the case unfolded, according to charging documents: On April 3, 2011, DEA agents arrested Robert Nyakana in Illinois after finding the cocaine in his semi-truck. Nyakana told them that he worked for Williams, loading cocaine onto a truck in Los Angeles and driving the product to Baltimore. Williams would fly to Maryland and meet Nyakana for the drop offs.
Nyakana said he got $2,000 per kilogram, getting $8,000, $30,000 and - twice - $100,000 for deliveries. For the delivery during which he got arrested, he was due to receive $270,000.
DEA agents let Nyakana complete the delivery while under surveillance, and moved in, arresting Williams on April 4, 2011 in Jessup and recovering $270,000 from his rental car. Though Williams ran a Maryland corporation called Bryan E. Williams Enterprises, he said he had no legitimate source of income, which a girlfriend in Georgia also corroborated.
Nyakana, meanwhile, ran a trucking company based out of Richmond, Va. His arrest was big news in his home country of Uganda: A Ugandan web site reported that he is the brother of a Ugandan politician and skipped town after his arrest and had been on the lam for more than a year when he was picked up by Interpol in June of this year. He was listed as one of the Washington DEA's "Most Wanted" during his time on the run. Court records confirm that he made his initial appearance on the charges on June 4.
"According to snoops, Nyakana has been living a high life in Kampala, splashing cash on expensive cars," the Ugandan site said.
Several other men - Richard Anthony Wilford, George Lamar Plunkett, and Mark Anthony Hawkins - were also ultimately charged in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Hayes, Plunkett and Williams have pleaded guilty so far. Wilford is set to go to trial in May 2013.
How are Wilford and Hawkins connected? It's not entirely clear, but according to documents filed in that case, Wilford also owned a trucking company, called R.A.W. Enterprise (his initials), along with a storage facility and fenced-in lot in the 300 block of S. Kresson St.
A previous case involving Wilford and Hawkins alleged that they were importing cocaine from Texas by way of Mexico, through a co-conspirator named Querida Neudemma Lewis. The CityPaper has reported that she has ties to Milton Tillman, the "politically-connected bail bonds impresario and two-time felon" who has since been convicted in an IRS investigation. Wilford was an unindicted co-conspirator in Lewis' case, and it's not clear how all the investigations came together.
It's not Wilford's first time being charged by federal authorities. Records show he was charged in 1992 case along with Walter Ingram, who had been charged in 1991 with Kenneth Antonio Jackson, owner of the El Dorado strip club and an iconic figure in Baltimore, in a murder in New York. Both were acquitted, which was not uncommon for Ingram at the time: the CityPaper reported he had "already flouted prosecutors’ attempts to convict him for three murders, two attempted murders, two drug conspiracies, two armed robberies, and two cases of assaulting police" prior to that case. But in the 1992 case, Ingram ended up receiving a 210 month sentence and was released in 2007.
Ingram, for his part, was charged again in 2010, and court documents indicate a plea deal is being worked firstname.lastname@example.org