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Jury Convicts Member of Upstate Drug Trafficking Organization

October 3, 2012

Contact Person: Andy Moorman (864) 282-2100

United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that a jury convicted Yastrzemski Lipscombe, age 44 of Jonesville, South Carolina, of Conspiring to Possess with the Intent to Distribute 100 kilograms or more of Marijuana.  The jury returned its guilty verdict on October 2, 2012, after two days of trial. The testimony revealed this organization obtained thousands of pounds of marijuana from various sources of supply in Texas, Arizona, and California. Lipscombe acted as a courier for the organization, traveling to El Paso and McAllen, Texas, in tractor trailers to retrieve large amounts of marijuana and returning the marijuana to the organization’s headquarters in Greenwood, South Carolina.  During his 10 year membership in the organization, testimony revealed that Lipscombe transported approximately 2,800 pounds of marijuana from Texas to South Carolina, with an approximate street value of $1,400,000.  The investigation culminated in the seizure of approximately 2700 pounds of marijuana the organization was transporting from McAllen, Texas, to Greenwood, South Carolina, in July of 2010.  Lipscombe’s conviction subjects him to a minimum of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.  All of Lipscombe’s co-defendants, Demekia Martin, age 38, Larry Gory, age 36, Edward Leavitt, age 39, Furman Jones, age 48, and Anthony Yanez, age 38, pled guilty prior to Lipscombe’s trial.  Martin’s and Jones’ guilty pleas currently subject them to a minimum of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment.  Gory’s and Leavitt’s guilty pleas currently subject them to a minimum of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment.  Yanez’s guilty plea currently subjects him to mandatory life imprisonment. 
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Spartanburg Department of Public Safety, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the case, and Andy Moorman and Lance Crick with the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.                        



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