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19 mostly Lexington County residents sentenced to federal prison

January 20, 2020

Columbia, South Carolina -- Acting United States Attorney A. Lance Crick announced today that 19 defendants from Lexington County and surrounding areas have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in related methamphetamine distribution conspiracies, which involved the possession and use of dozens of firearms:

 

Willie Ricardo Gordon, a/k/a “Rico,” 35, was convicted following a jury trial in January 2019 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and sentenced to 420 months in federal prison;

 

Marcus Young, a/k/a “Lay Low,” 31, was convicted following a jury trial in January 2019 of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and felon in possession of firearm, and sentenced to 420 months;

 

Rafael Redmond, a/k/a “Pockets,” 44, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 200 months;

 

Jennifer Logan, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 180 months;

 

Andrew Michael Chamberlain, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 160 months;

 

James Lloyd, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 235 months;

 

Jeremy Davis, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 360 months;

 

Robert Pendleton, a/k/a “Bobby,” 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 100 months;

David Peeples, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 120 months;

 

Terri Moore, 41, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 270 months;

 

Brian Lorick, 46, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 168 months;

 

John Phillip Drawdy, 41, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 264 months;

 

Leigh Antley McCamy, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 71 months;

 

Blake Allen Smith, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 188 months;

 

Kimberly Hartley, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 151 months;

 

Joseph Smith, 41, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 60 months & 1 day;

 

Robert Flowers, 34, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 156 months;

 

Jeffrey Shane Tager, 34, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 78 months; and

 

Clinton French, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in

furtherance of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 262 months.

 

“Methamphetamine is a powerful drug with increasing prevalence across our state, and in Lexington County in particular,” said Acting United States Attorney Crick.  “The drug is dangerous enough on its own, but the added presence of firearms and violence made these conspiracies a particularly egregious threat to the community. I am grateful to ATF and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for their continued partnership in our fight to reduce violent crime and drug distribution.”

 

ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Mein stated, “The outcome of this investigation means that very dangerous individuals have been taken out of our neighborhoods for a very long time. This case highlights a truly collaborative effort and the ongoing commitment from our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to keep up the fight against violent crime in our communities.” 

 

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon stated, “The safety and security of Lexington County residents is always top of mind for the men and women of my office as we focus on getting drugs out of our community and putting dealers in jail. Thanks to the strong relationships we have with our federal, state and local partners, there’s a united front against violent crime in our neighborhoods.”

 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alyssa Leigh Richardson of the Columbia office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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