Glynn County Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Drug Trafficking Linked to Fatal Overdoses

Jon Dillon Screen, a 32-year-old resident of Brunswick, Ga., has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges associated with two fatal overdoses. Screen was sentenced to 240 months in prison after admitting guilt to Possession with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine and a Quantity of Fentanyl.

Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, confirmed the sentencing and stated that Screen will also face five years of supervised release following his prison term. This sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.

Screen’s case was part of Operation Ghost Busted, a major investigation targeting drug trafficking in the Glynn County area. Launched in January 2023, Operation Ghost Busted led to charges against 76 defendants allegedly involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy distributing methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, and alprazolam.

Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Coastal Georgia Violent Gang Task Force, Glynn County Police Department, Brunswick Police Department, Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, and Camden County Sheriff’s Office, collaborated extensively to dismantle the drug network. The operation revealed connections to various criminal street gangs, including the Ghost Face Gangsters, Aryan Brotherhood, Bloods, and Gangster Disciples.

Screen, identified as a member of the Gangster Disciples, was a significant distributor within the operation. The investigation found that two individuals died from fentanyl overdoses after obtaining drugs directly from Screen.

Several defendants have already been sentenced in connection to Operation Ghost Busted, with more awaiting trial. Notably, James D. NeSmith received a life sentence for his role in coordinating the drug distribution from within Telfair State Prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murder.

Lt. Mike Ward of the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office highlighted their involvement in the investigation, emphasizing the collaboration with federal and local agencies to hold drug traffickers accountable.

Senior Supervisory Special Agent Will Clark of FBI Atlanta’s Brunswick office emphasized the impact of Operation Ghost Busted on curbing drug trafficking in Southeast Georgia, stating their commitment to ongoing efforts against drug dealers.

Operation Ghost Busted was investigated under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), reflecting a multi-agency approach to combatting high-level criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking.