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Federal Judge Sentences Last of Four Crystal Methamphetamine Traffickers to Prison

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Joshua Warner Kamp to 33 months in prison for his role in a crystal methamphetamine trafficking ring, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Kamp, 35, of Alexander, N.C. was also sentenced to four years of supervised release following his prison term. Kamp pleaded guilty in January 2015 to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Gaston Man Sentenced on Firearms and Ammunition Charges

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Warren Dominique McDaniel, age 28, of Gaston, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court. McDaniel was sentenced to 105 months imprisonment, which was the high end of the advisory guidelines range of 84 to 105 months. Back in October 2014, McDaniel plead guilty to two (2) counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).

Rock Hill Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that DeMario Ontrey Ware, age 26, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty today in federal court. Ware pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2), and 924(e). Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Buncombe Co. Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery and Gun Charges

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Anthony Lamont Hill, 31, of Fletcher, NC, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Howell on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and pleaded guilty to armed robbery and gun charges in connection with a 2013 armed robbery of a Dollar General store in Woodfin, N.C., announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Four Men Indicted on Federal Gun Charges

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four Charlotte men with previous criminal convictions have been indicted on federal gun charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. A federal grand jury returned the criminal indictments on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, against Carlton Calvin Wilson, 28, Dominic Xavier McDonald, 28, Brendan Cornelius Penn, 25, and Tory Lorenzo Vaszquez, 25, all of Charlotte, charging them with  multiple counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Fayetteville Man Sentenced for Narcotics Distribution and Weapons Charges

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RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that MARCUS DORRELL BYRD, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was sentenced to life plus 25 years followed by 10 years of supervised release. A federal jury convicted BYRD on all 5 counts contained in a criminal indictment on August 7, 2014. Charges consisted of drug and firearms offenses including conspiracy to distribute in excess of 5 kilograms of cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Man Sentenced to Prison for more than 12 Years for Carjackings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced a Charlotte man today on charges stemming from two 2012 carjackings committed in Charlotte, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Antonio Cordiara McClary, 25, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 148 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Gaston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Ammunition Charges

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Warren Dominique McDaniel, age 28, of Gaston, South Carolina pled guilty as charged today in federal court.  McDaniel plead guilty to two (2) counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  McDaniel plead straight up to both charges in the federal indictment without a plea agreement.  United States District Judge Michelle Childs accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the pr

“Aiken Safe Communities”: Two Men Enter Guilty Pleas on Federal Gun Charges

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles, stated today that, earlier this week, two Aiken men, Jesse James Quarles, 33, and Kenneth Islar, 27, each entered guilty pleas in federal court in Columbia to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). 

ATF, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Calypso, N.C., Firearms Theft

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Duplin County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Calypso Wholesale, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward up to $5,000 which will be matched by NSSF and the Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace for a total reward of up to $15,000.

Federal Judge Sentences Columbia, S.C. Attorney for Making a False Statement to a Federal Agent

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, U.S. District Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced Joenathan Shelly Chaplin, an attorney in Columbia, S.C. to three years of probation for making a false statement to a federal agent, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Seymour ordered Chaplin to spend the first six months of his probationary sentence in home confinement with electronic monitoring and to pay a $100 assessment fee.

Columbia Man Sentenced for Straw Purchasing Firearms

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Marquel Davon Foster, age 23, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court after earlier pleading guilty to making a false statement in the acquisition of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2). Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced Foster to 18 months imprisonment, followed by three (3) years of supervised release.

Rock Hill Man Sentenced to Maximum of 10 Years on Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Clarence L. Rhodes, age 37, of Rock Hill, South Carolina was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 120 months (10 years) imprisonment today in federal court. Earlier this year, Rhodes plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. imposed the sentence, which will be followed by three (3) years of supervised release.

Charlotte Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison on Federal Gun Offense

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced Reginald Lashawn Lockhart, 30, of Charlotte to serve to 180 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for a federal gun offense, announced
Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Dunn Man Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution & Money Laundering

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WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced LARRY DONNELL TAYLOR, 40, of Dunn, North Carolina, to 240 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised released for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  TAYLOR previously pled guilty to these charges on January 2, 2013.

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Wilmington Firearms Theft

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CHARLOTTE, NC – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Wilmington Guns, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward in the amount of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000.

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Greer Firearms Theft

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CHARLOTTE – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the South Carolina Gun Company, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $10,000.

Rock Hill Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JOHN EDWARD CONTARTESI, age 33, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty today in federal court.  CONTARTESI plead guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).  Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Ashley Hall Defendant Committed to Federal Psychiatric Institution in Texas

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Alice Boland, age 30, of Beaufort, South Carolina, was recently ordered to be civilly committed to the custody of the Attorney General pending further court order as explained below.

After the incident at Ashley Hall on February 4, 2013, and her subsequent arrest on state charges, a federal grand jury charged Boland in a four (4) count Indictment with

“Aiken Safe Communities”: Two Men Indicted On Federal Gun Charges

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles, stated today that two Aiken men, Jesse James Quarles, 33, and Kenneth Islar, 27, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in separate indictments, charging each with felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). During arraignment hearings this last Tuesday morning in federal court in Columbia, the government requested that both men be detained. Quarles and Islar entered not guilty pleas, waived their right to a detention hearing, and remain in custody.

“Aiken Safe Communities”: Two men indicted on federal gun charges

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles, stated today that two Aiken men, Jesse James Quarles, 33, and Kenneth Islar, 27, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in separate indictments, charging each with felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). During arraignment hearings this last Tuesday morning in federal court in Columbia, the government requested that both men be detained.  Quarles and Islar entered not guilty pleas, waived their right to a detention hearing, and remain in custody.

Aynor Resident Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds, Firearms

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Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Steven Mickey Bunker, age 47, of Aynor, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for theft of government funds, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641, and conspiracy to make false statements when purchasing a firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.  United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence sentenced Bunker to imprisonment for 24 months, 3 years of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $108,489.36.

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