U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of South Carolina
1441 Main Street, Suite 500
Columbia, SC 29201
For Immediate Release
June 15, 2010
William N. Nettles, United States Attorney
Contact: Beth Drake
Lexington Residents Sentenced in Drug/Gun Conspiracy
Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney William N. Nettles stated today that Nicholas Franklin, age 23, of Lexington, South Carolina, Johnya Franklin, age 27, of Lexington, South Carolina, age 31, of West Columbia, South Carolina, and Krista Jensen, age 27, of Lexington, South Carolina, were sentenced in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for their participation in a crack and powder cocaine drug conspiracy. Nicholas Franklin was sentenced on charges for trafficking firearms as well. During the investigation the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives seized over 50 grams of crack cocaine and five firearms, including two semi-automatic assault rifles. United States District Judge Cameron M. Currie of Columbia sentenced Nicholas Franklin to 180 months, Johnya Franklin to 120 Months, Darrell Daniels to 120 months, and Krista Jensen to 70 months.
Evidence reviewed at the sentencing hearings established that Nicholas Franklin and his sister Johnya Franklin worked together in trafficking multi-gram to multi-ounce quantities of crack cocaine in the Lexington County area. Darrel Daniels assisted Johnya Franklin in distributing the drugs and Krista Jensen assisted the Franklins by coordinating sales and allowing the Franklins to use her apartment to distribute drugs. Nicholas Franklin was also involved in the trafficking of firearms and sold a confidential informant a total of five firearms: a Glock .45 caliber pistol, a Romarm 7.62 x 39 mm semi-automatic assault rifle, a Norinco SKS semi-automatic assault rifle, a .22 caliber rifle, and a Cobray 9mm pistol.
The case was investigated by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney James Leventis of the Columbia office handled the case.