Chester County Man Sentenced to 25 Years
MAR 15 -- 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 that Korey T. Bailey, age 30, of Chester County, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia for possessing with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c). United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie sentenced Bailey to 25 years in federal prison.
Bailey was arrested in April 2007 for a misdemeanor marijuana charge by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. Officers notified Bailey’s grandmother with whom he resided, and she invited them to search Bailey’s bedroom. In their search, the officers found a plastic bag containing approximately 65 grams of crack cocaine hidden in a jewelry box on top of a dresser.
Bailey was released on a state bond, but was indicted on federal charges in June 2009. The next month, agents with the York County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force and the State Law Enforcement Division received a tip that Bailey was living at a residence in Rock Hill. Agents went to the residence and saw Bailey running from a room in the house. Bailey was caught and arrested. A search of the room from which Bailey fled turned up a gun and an additional 30 grams of crack cocaine.
The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chester County Sheriff’s Department, the York County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force, and the State Law Enforcement Division. Assistant United States Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia 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.