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

Rock Hill Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

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 Dwayne Roderick Ross, age 37, of Rock Hill, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia for conspiracy to sell cocaine and crack cocaine.  United States District Judge Cameron M. Currie sentenced Ross to 344 months imprisonment, to be followed by ten years of supervised release.

A jury convicted Ross in September 2009, following several days of evidence which established that over the past five years, Ross was a high-level dealer of cocaine and crack in the Rock Hill area.  Ross obtained cocaine and crack from suppliers in Charleston, SC, as well as the Houston, Texas area.  He then sold these drugs in and around Rock Hill and Charlotte. 
Ross had a long criminal record that included prior state convictions for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, discharging firearms into a dwelling, and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

The case was investigated by the York County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the York County Sheriff's Department, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, the Greenville County Department of Public Safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney James Leventis of the Columbia office prosecuted 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.