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Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Charges

January 8, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Gregory Lamont Rawls, a/k/a “G,” a/k/a “Bobby” age 38, of Columbia, South Carolina pled guilty today in federal court.  Rawls plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e) and Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C).  United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on December 7, 2011, officers with the Columbia Police Department Drug Suppression Unit conducted a knock and talk at Rawls’ residence on Bronx Road in Columbia after receiving an anonymous tip concerning narcotics being sold there.  After being allowed inside the residence by Rawls, officers recovered a quantity of heroin, digital scales, packaging, ammunition, and a fully loaded Taurus .45 caliber firearm. 
Rawls is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state convictions for armed robbery, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, failure to stop for a blue light and siren, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine within the proximity of a school.
Mr. Nettles stated that Rawls faces a mandatory minimum of fifteen (15) years and a maximum of life imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge and a maximum of thirty (30) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $2,000,000 on the heroin charge.

The case was investigated by the Columbia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.  Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.

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