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Four Arrested on Federal Drug, Gun & Robbery Charges

December 19, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A total of eight defendants have been arrested on federal and state criminal charges during a two-day roundup conducted by the FBI, ATF and CMPD, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Four of the defendants are charged with federal drug, gun and robbery offenses and four face state drug charges. More »

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Charges

December 18, 2012

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that John Henry Griffin, age 27, of Columbia, South Carolina entered a guilty plea in federal court. Griffin plead guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2) and Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose his sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. More »

Gaffney Man Pleads to Dealing in Firearms Business Without a License

December 3, 2012

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that David Hopper, age 59, of Gaffney, SC, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence, to Unlawfully Engaging in the Business of Dealing in Firearms, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(a)(10(A). United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. More »

ATF Offers Reward for Gun Store Burglary

November 20, 2012

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the burglary and firearms thefts from the Guns and Gold Trading Post, a federally licensed firearms dealer in North Charleston, South Carolina. More »

Last of Three Defendants Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison for String of 11 Armed Robberies

November 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The last of three defendants involved in a string of armed robberies in the summer of 2009 was sentenced to 235 months in prison today, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. More »

Charlotte Man Sentenced for the Armed Robbery of the Thomasboro Grocery Store and Related Charges

Septemeber 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michael Lamont Moore, 35, of Charlotte, was sentenced on Thursday, September 27, 2012 to serve 204 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release in connection with the armed robbery of the Thomasboro Grocery Store, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. More »

Four Charlotte Men Sentenced for Crack Conspiracy

Septemeber 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four Charlotte men were sentenced on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in U.S. District Court for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. More »

Columbia Bloods Member Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Charges

August 27, 2012

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that TRAVIS SANTEL DWYER, a/k/a "Jap," age 29, of Columbia, South Carolina pled guilty today in federal court. More »

Academi/Blackwater Charged and Enters Deferred Prosecution Agreement

August 9, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced the unsealing of a Bill of Information and Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) involving Academi, LLC, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide and Xe Services, LLC (Academi/Blackwater). More »

Greenville Robbers Sentenced

August 9, 2012

WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced two defendants for their participation in a rash of robberies in and around Greenville, North Carolina. More »

Armed Career Criminal Exiled to 15 Years in Prison for Gun Possession

August 1, 2012

Charleston, South Carolina – United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that the last defendant in a City of Charleston gang case pled guilty in Federal Court, before the Honorable P. Michael Duffy. More »

152 Fugitives Arrested in Cumberland Couty

July 19, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC — The U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the conclusion of Operation Swift Justice, a multi-agency fugitive operation conducted this week in Cumberland County. In the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, scores of officers from a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies gathered together in Fayetteville for a single purpose – to set out in search of Cumberland County's most wanted fugitives. More »

Hells Angels’ Members and Associates Arrested on Ninety-One Count Federal RICO Indictment

June 7, 2012

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles and Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas of the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that nineteen individuals were arrested today after the return of a ninety-one count indictment charging members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy (RICO – 18 U.S.C. §1962), narcotics violations (21 U.S.C. §§ 841, 846), Hobbs Act robbery (18 U.S.C. §1951), money laundering (18 U.S.C. §1956), and firearm violations (18 U.S.C. §§ 922 and 924; 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(d), 5845(a)(7), and 5871). More »

Columbia Gang Member Sentenced to 120 Months on Firearm Charge

May 31, 2012

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — James Anthony Ashford, a/k/a Pop–A–Lot, age 27, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 120 months (10 years) imprisonment, which will be followed by three (3) years supervised release. Chief United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour imposed the sentence today after Ashford’s earlier guilty plea to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The sentence was the maximum allowed under the law. More »

ATF To Certify Bomb-Sniffing Dogs From Southeast to Identify Peroxide-Based and Homemade Explosives

May 11, 2012

CHARLOTTE – Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) mobile canine explosives training team will certify explosives detection canines, or bomb-sniffing dogs, from local police departments, as well as federal agencies at the National Guard Armory in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the National Odor Recognition Test (NORT) developed by explosives experts and chemists. Specialized imprinting for K-9s to recognize peroxide-based explosives will be conducted. More »

ATF In The Carolinas Gets New Leadership

May 11, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wayne L. Dixie, Jr., has reported to Charlotte as the new Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the ATF Charlotte Field Division. Mr. Dixie brings over 24 years of state and federal law enforcement experience to the Carolinas. More »

Eight Area Robberies Net Defendant 191 Year Sentence

March 19, 2012

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Malcolm Robert Lee Melvin, age 21, of Florence, South Carolina, was sentenced March 13, 2012, in federal court in Florence after having been found guilty of one count of conspiracy, eight counts of armed robbery and eight counts of using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Melvin to 2298 months, as well as presided over his three–day trial, which commenced December 12, 2011. More »

Seven Indicted on Federal Drug, Gun and Robbery Charges

February 27, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A total of nine defendants were arrested earlier today and face federal and state criminal charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Seven of the defendants were charged with federal drug, gun and robbery offenses, and two face state criminal charges. More »

Federal Jury Finds Charlotte Man Guilty of Firearms Offense

February 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After a two–day trial which ended on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, a federal jury convicted Alvin Lee Edge, 33, of Charlotte, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. More »

North Charleston Man Sentenced on Drugs and Gun Charges

February 10, 2012

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Willie Mitchell, age 35, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine. United States District David C. Norton sentenced Mitchell to 188 months imprisonment, followed by 6 years of supervised release. More »

Yanceyville Man Arrested

February 9, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — United States Attorney Ripley Rand announced today that James Roy WEBSTER of Yanceyville was arrested today on charges that he violated federal firearms laws. More »

Man Sentenced to Serve Over Seven Years in Prison for Firearms Offense

January 19, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Mint Hill man was sentenced to 94 months in federal prison for a firearms related offense, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. More »

International Gun Trafficker Receives Federal Sentence

January 10, 2012

GREENVILLE — United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced STEVEN NEAL GREENOE, to 120 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. More »