Charlotte Field Division

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.

Columbia Felon Sentenced to Three Years for Carrying Pistols While Out on Bond

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Columbia, South Carolina  United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Raheem Fitzgerald Bethel, age 27, of Columbia, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a term of imprisonment of 35 months in federal prison. On January 15, 2013, Bethel, a previously convicted felon who was on bond for attempted murder, was arrested by the Columbia Police Department with two pistols, one of which was stolen. After being released again on bond, Bethel was arrested on September 14, 2013 in possession of another stolen pistol.

Gaston Man Indicted for Being Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney’s Office announces today that Warren Dominque McDaniel, age 27, of Gaston, South Carolina was arrested today after being charged in a 2-count federal indictment. McDaniel was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). The maximum penalty McDaniel could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. The indictment stems from an April 14, 2014, shooting incident in Gaston and from a July 22, 2010, incident in Columbia.

Sumter Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Drug Trafficking And Firearm Case

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Columbia, South Carolina - United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Alvis Damon Williams, age 27, of Sumter, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a term of imprisonment of 180 months in federal prison. The defendant was convicted by a federal jury on February 18, 2014. Williams was sentenced for dealing in crack cocaine and cocaine (21 U.S.C. §841), possessing a firearm in furtherance of narcotics trafficking (18 U.S.C. §924(c)), and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon (18 U.S.C. §922(g)).

Columbia Gang Member Sentenced to Maximum 10 Years on Federal Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MICHAEL JUAN SMITH, a/k/a “Flame,” a/k/a “Junior,” age 21, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) imprisonment today in federal court. Following the term of imprisonment, SMITH will be on federal supervised release for three (3) years. SMITH pled guilty on February 19, 2014, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.

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Columbia Man Sentenced to Over 15 Years on Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Charles Tarron Carter, age 28, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court to 188 months (15.8 years) imprisonment, which will be followed by five (5) years of supervised release. The sentence stemmed from Carter’s earlier guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e).  Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie imposed the sentence. 

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MARQUEL DAVON FOSTER, age 23, of Columbia, South Carolina has entered a guilty plea 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 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.

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that RICHARD ARMBRE WILLIAMS, age 42, of Columbia, South Carolina has entered a guilty plea in federal court to 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).  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.

Six Sentenced for Robberies of Hotels & Pawn Shop

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RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that MARVIN ANTHONY BLANGO, 20, of Vanceboro, CLIFFORD EARL HORTON, III, 20, of Bayboro, ANTONIO RAY STEVENS, 24, of New Bern, DEMARCUS DEON DRIGGERS, 21, of Raleigh and DIQUAN ANTOINE BELL, 20, of Bayboro were each sentenced resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to robbery and firearms charges. The charges involved a string of robberies of hotels and a robbery of a federal firearm licensee in December 2012.

Rock Hill Man Pleads Guilty To 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 pled guilty as charged today in federal court.  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), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Firearm And Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Javan Labrese Peele, age 22, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty as charged today in federal court.  Peele 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), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Columbia Man Sentenced to 15 Years on Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Jeremy Jonel Frazier, age 36, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) imprisonment today in federal court.  On February 19, 2014, Frazier 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) and 924(e).  United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.

Charlotte Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Gerald Wayne Hairston to serve 120 months in prison for a federal firearms violation, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Hairston, 30, of Charlotte, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

Atlanta, GA. Man Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Prison

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tommie Lee Williams, 43, of Atlanta, Ga. was sentenced on Monday, March 30, 2014 to serve 184 months in prison for federal firearms violations, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney also sentenced Williams to serve five years under court supervision following his prison term.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

Aynor Residents Plead Guilty to Fraud

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Columbia, South Carolina -- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Steven Mickey Bunker, age 47, of Aynor, South Carolina, and also of Shannon, North Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to theft of government property, violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, and conspiracy to make false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers when purchasing firearms, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  Thomas Leon Martin, age 66, and Betty Jean Martin, age 74, of both of Aynor, South Carolina, pled guilty to conspiracy to make

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JEREMY JONEL FRAZIER, age 36, of Columbia, South Carolina pled guilty as charged today in federal court. FRAZIER 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), 924(a)(2), and 924(e). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Fast Food Restaurant Robbers Sentenced For Firearms Offenses

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RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that TREVIN MAURICE GIBSON of Greenville, MICHAEL RONDALE GIBSON of Greenville and DESHAUN ENTREA SPRUILL of Robersonville were each sentenced today resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to firearms charges.  The charges involved a string of robberies of fast food restaurants in and around Greenville from September 2011 through January 2012.  The robberies involved outlets of Bojangles, KFC, Subway, Burger King, McDonalds and Popeyes.

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