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John's Island Man Sentenced to 30 Years in prison for his part
In a large-Scale drug trafficking conspiracy connected to a
significant mexican drug cartel

September 14, 2012

Contact Person: Peter Phillips (843) 727-4381

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Marcus Gibbs (age 40) was sentenced yesterday in Charleston to 360 months imprisonment for the offenses of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, money laundering, and felon in possession of a firearm.  United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel imposed the sentence.  In addition to the 360 months imprisonment, Gibbs was sentenced to supervised release for life upon completion of his service of his term of imprisonment. 
Evidence presented during the week-long trial of Gibbs in late-October of 2011 established that Gibbs was responsible for the procurement and distribution of more than 500 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico, via Atlanta, beginning at least in 2006 and continuing up until the date of his arrest in 2010.  Evidence further showed that Gibbs would wire drug proceeds back to Mexico, as well as deliver bulk cash to co-conspirators in Atlanta.  On August 31, 2010, law enforcement conducted a buy/bust operation of Gibbs wherein agents seized a half kilogram of cocaine and a .45 caliber handgun.  Agents then obtained a search warrant of Gibbs’ residence later resulting in the seizure of more than 12 kilograms of cocaine, more than 300 grams of crack cocaine, and an FNH 5.7 X 28 caliber handgun.  Evidence at trial further established that Gibbs had secured a direct connection to an operative within a significant drug cartel in Guerrero, MX who served as his primary source of supply.  During the search of Gibbs’ residence, agents found a safe containing only a key and a sheet of paper with the home phone number in Mexico of that cartel member.

The case was investigated by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Police Department, Summerville Police Department, North Charleston Police Department, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter T. Phillips of the Charleston office handled the case.         


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