North Charleston Man Convicted on Heroin and Gun Charges
JUN 10 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division announced that yesterday, Koorosh Dastianpoor Roach, age 35, of North Charleston, S.C., was convicted by a jury in federal court in Charleston, S.C., for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin (a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and 841(b)(1)(C)), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and 924(e)(1)) , and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)). Senior United States District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy of Charleston, S.C., presided over the trial and will impose the sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
The evidence presented during the trial established that Roach was observed conducting narcotic transactions out of a residence located in North Charleston, S.C., by members of the North Charleston Police Department. A short time thereafter, Roach was observed leaving in a vehicle. Law enforcement stopped the vehicle after Roach committed a traffic violation. After the vehicle was stopped, Roach was observed going into the waistband of his shorts, and would not comply with police requests to show his hands. As a result, he was ordered out of the vehicle. An officer attempted to search his person, but Roach would not allow the search. After Roach was placed in handcuffs, officers felt a bulge in his buttocks area and retrieved heroin that was packaged for distribution. When they were walking Roach to the police vehicle, a 9mm pistol fell out of his pants onto the ground.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Roach can receive is a fine of $2,000,000 and/or imprisonment up to life, plus a special assessment of $300.
The case was investigated by agents of the North Charleston Police Department and the DEA. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Modica 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.