News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Andrews Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine and Gun Crimes

JAN 29 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- Acting United States Attorney KEVIN F. MCDONALD and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), announced today that Thurmond Seward, Jr. was found guilty on Thursday in Charleston for the offenses of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, possessing with the intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge P. Michael Duffy presided over the jury trial and will impose a sentence in about 90 days after he has reviewed a pre-sentence report.  Seward faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and can be sentenced to a maximum of life.

 Evidence presented during the three day trial established that Seward, beginning in 2007 and for a period of approximately nine months, distributed more than a kilogram of crack cocaine to various individuals in and around the Andrews and Georgetown areas of South Carolina (SC). The evidence also established that, on April 16, 2008, SEWARD distributed 121 grams of crack cocaine to three individuals in Andrews, SC.  These three individuals were previously convicted in this same federal case for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and are also awaiting sentencing. 

In addition, SEWARD possessed a .38 caliber revolver on September 3, 2008, which was discovered by Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a routine traffic stop.  At that time, SEWARD was also in possession of marijuana, a large amount of cash, and small, zip-lock bags commonly used in drug trafficking.  Furthermore, prior to that date, SEWARD had been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year imprisonment, and therefore, was prohibited by federal law from.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, which included agents fro DEA, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgetown Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the North Charleston Police Department, and the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorney Peter T. Phillips of the Charleston office handled the case. 

DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.