ATLANTA - Lilburn resident Edgar Jamal Gamory, the elder half of the so-called "Gamory Brothers" duo, once lived an extravagant life befitting a Robin Leach narration.
Federal authorities this week proclaimed that lifestyle officially over.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. sentenced Gamory, 34, to life in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and two counts of money laundering. A jury convicted Gamory in April.
Gamory, once the proprietor of Atlanta's "Hush Money Entertainment," was the kingpin of a drug organization that flooded thousands of kilos of cocaine and marijuana from Atlanta to the Carolinas, Virginia and as far as New York City, where he ran three bogus "fish and chips" restaurants, authorities said. His drug products were imported from Mexico.
Gamory's younger brother, Edmond Gamory, 31, of Atlanta, was sentenced to 10 years for his involvement, which included securing a warehouse to store the drugs in. There is no parole in the federal system.
U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said the enterprise generated millions in "dirty cash" for the Gamory brothers.
"The lavish lifestyle these two drug pushers once enjoyed is over for good," Nahmias said in a statement.
During the investigation, agents seized about $1.5 million in cash, $1 million in jewelry, five handguns, a bulletproof vest, numerous vehicles, a local business operated by Edgar Gamory and his residence on Riverwalk Trail in Lilburn.
Two co-defendants - Vaughn Greene, 33, and Victor Olvera, 31, both of Atlanta - pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges.
A federal judge sentenced Greene to 20 years and Olvera to seven years in prison.