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Troy Oliver Sentenced to 10 Years for Armed Drug Trafficking

October 4, 2013

Contact Person: JD Rowell (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Troy Oliver, age 30, of North, South Carolina was sentenced late yesterday in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina. Oliver pled guilty in April of 2013 to two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(B)(1)(D).

Senior United States District Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia, South Carolina sentenced Oliver to a term of imprisonment of 120 months (10 years), followed by a term of supervised release for a period of 2 years.  Oliver is also required to pay a $100.00 special assessment for each of his counts of conviction.
Evidence at the guilty plea established that Oliver was stopped by the South Carolina Highway Patrol on Highway 21 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina on August 30, 2012.  After the Trooper smelled marijuana coming from Oliver’s car, the Trooper searched Oliver and his vehicle.  The search revealed 133.5 grams of marijuana and a 9mm Tec-DC9 pistol that Oliver was prohibited from possessing because of his prior felony record.  Oliver was released on a bond after being arrested by the Highway Patrol on this charge.
On December 11, 2012, the United States Marshal’s Office and their fugitive task force arrested Oliver at his home in North, South Carolina based on the instant federal indictment.  During the arrest, Deputies with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department located 1.85 pounds of marijuana, $2,780.00 cash, a digital scale that tested positive for cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in Oliver’s home.  Deputies also located a .45 caliber Ruger pistol and a 9 mm Beretta CX4STORM rifle which was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition. 

Evidence at the sentencing hearing established that in addition to the above referenced drugs and guns, Oliver conspired with several other defendants to possess with intent to distribute over 20 kilograms of cocaine and multi kilogram quantities of marijuana from approximately 2004 through 2012.  Cooperators testified that Oliver frequently possessed firearms while purchasing cocaine and marijuana.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshal’s Office, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant United States Attorney J.D. Rowell prosecuted the case.


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