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Columbia Man Sentenced to 180 Months Imprisonment on to Firearm and Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (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  was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) imprisonment with 6 years of supervised release to follow.  RAWLS previously pled 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 imposed the sentence.

Evidence presented at the earlier 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.  RAWLS was deemed an armed career criminal subject to enhanced penalties on the firearms charge based upon his extensive prior record for violent felonies and serious drug offenses.

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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