For Immediate Release
Sumter Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Drug Trafficking And Firearm Case
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)). Williams had multiple prior felony drug convictions and was sentenced by The Honorable Joseph F. Anderson, United States District Judge.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a four-count indictment on August 20, 2013, based on Williams’ actions in June of 2013, when Williams possessed a firearm while distributing cocaine in Sumter. Officers with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office observed Williams distributing cocaine and stopped Williams’s Chevrolet Impala finding a .40 caliber Colt pistol. In addition to the pistol, Williams had $1,600 in cash, crack and powder cocaine secreted inside a false-bottom canister, marijuana, a scale, three cell phones, plastic baggies, and creatine, which is used to cut or dilute cocaine.
The case was the result of a collaborative effort between the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. “The cooperation of local and federal law enforcement ensures that dangerous criminals are caught and prosecuted,” said United States Attorney Bill Nettles. “The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies were integral in the investigation of Williams. This case demonstrates the United States Attorney’s Office’s dedication in joining with local law enforcement agencies to remove violent drug offenders from the streets.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay N. Richardson.