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Charleston Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Shakeneth Deveaux, also known as “Lil D”, was arrested on Saturday night, August 25, 2012, in the Bridgeview Apartment complex, in Charleston, South Carolina, after a standoff which resulted in the SWAT team being called out. Mr. Deveaux was one of twenty-five defendants in an eighty-five (85) count federal indictment which was filed on March 14, 2012. The initial appearance in United States District Court will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 before the Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks.

Shakenth Renard Deveaux is from Charleston and 21 years of age. He is named in Count 1 (21 USC §846) (drug trafficking conspiracy involving more than a kilogram of heroin, more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, more than 500 grams of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana; and conspiracy to use various places on the West Side of Charleston (including apartments or residences located within Bridgeview (formerly known as Bayside), and at North Romney Street, Athens Court, and King Street, for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing various Schedule I and II controlled substances); Count 29 (18 USC §924(c)(iii)) (discharge of a firearm during and in relation to or in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on August 14, 2010); Count 30 (18 USC §922(g)) (felon in possession of a firearm on August 14, 2010); Count 31 (18 USC §924(c)(iii)) (discharge of a firearm during and in relation to or in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on August 21, 2010); Count 32 (18 USC §922(g)) (felon in possession of a firearm on August 21, 2010); Count 55 (18 USC §922(g)) (felon in possession of a firearm on June 17, 2011); Count 82 (21 USC §843(b)); Count 83 (21 USC §843(b)) (use of a communications facility to facilitate the commission of a felony under the Controlled Substances Act on May 10, 2011); Count 84 (21 USC §843(b)) (use of a communications facility to facilitate the commission of a felony under the Controlled Substances Act on May 13, 2011); Criminal Street Gang Sentencing Enhancement pursuant to 18 USC §521.

United States Attorney Nettles noted that the defendant had been a fugitive for a while and praised the work of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

Deputy United States Marshal Frank Conroy, the Public Information Officer for the USMS, stated that the Fugitive Task Force worked closely with the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the City of Charleston Police Department; the city of North Charleston Police Department; and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office to apprehend the defendant.

Nettles commended the efforts of these law enforcement agencies. “The United States Marshals Service does a fantastic job in apprehending fugitives. Their fugitive task force put in long hours of surveillance. I commend the hard work of all these agencies who worked so closely together to effectuate the arrest in this case.” Mr. Nettles advised that all of the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. He said that Assistant United States Attorney Sean Kittrell and Special Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Linder of the Charleston office are coordinating the investigation and prosecuting the case.

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