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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Charleston Felon Sentenced to 30 Months Imprisonment for Firearms and Marijuana Distribution Charges

Charleston, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated that Charles Baldwin Wilson, age 36, of Charleston, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) and Title 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(D).  United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel, of Charleston, sentenced Wilson to 30 months imprisonment, 2 years supervised release to include 12 months of home confinement, a fine of $25,000, a special assessment of $200, and forfeiture of firearms and $21,473.38.

Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentencing hearing established that on November 16, 2015, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Wilson’s residence. Law enforcement found multiple rooms in the home dedicated to a sophisticated marijuana growing operation, along with seven firearms. Wilson had a prior conviction for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana from 2006, and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Further investigation revealed that Wilson made multiple trips to Colorado to further his multi-year drug trafficking operation.

The case was investigated by U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Jamie Lea Schoen was assigned to the case.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Jamie Lea Schoen (843) 727-4381
Updated August 2, 2018