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Melvin Roshad Simuel, 36, to 90 months in prison, following drug and firearm conviction

Lexington, SC 09/11/2023 (Paul Kirby) – According to the U.S. Attorney for the Columbia area, Melvin Roshad Simuel, 36, of Columbia, was recently sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison. He plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana.


Evidence presented to the court showed that in 2018, Simuel was arrested on three separate occasions for possession of firearms and distribution quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana. Two of the guns had been reported stolen, and Simuel was on probation for a state firearm conviction at the time of the 2018 incidents.


Federal law prohibits Simuel from possessing firearms and ammunition based on prior state court burglary and firearms convictions.


United States District Judge Sherri A. Lydon sentenced Simuel to 90 months in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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 works 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 investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD), the Columbia Police Department (CPD), and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD). Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Taylor is prosecuting the case.


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