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.