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Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JADARYL ANDREW HINTON, a/k/a “Young G,” age 23, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty today in federal court.  HINTON plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2) and Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D).  United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose 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 February 10, 2012, at approximately 9:51 p.m., an officer with the Rock Hill Department observed a vehicle traveling down Cherry Road with no highlights and then make an improper turn.  A traffic stop was initiated.  A search of the backseat passenger revealed a loaded firearm and baggies of marijuana.  A search of HINTON, the front seat passenger, revealed a stolen, loaded Hi-Point .45 caliber handgun in his waistband, along with 19 baggies of marijuana in his front pants pocket.   Both were charged with state charges for the firearms and marijuana.  The backseat passenger’s case was handled in state court as he was not a prohibited felon.

HINTON, a known gang member, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state felony convictions.  HINTON has prior state convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within the proximity of a school, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within the proximity of a park. 

HINTON faces a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge and a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $500,000 on the drug charge.

The case was investigated by the Rock Hill 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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