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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 21, 2017

Darlington Man Sentenced to 168 Months in Federal Prison on Drug Conspiracy and Weapons Charge

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Justin Martin Jackson, 29, of Darlington, South Carolina, was sentenced this week in Florence to 168 months imprisonment followed by a five-year term of supervised release. On March 8, 2017, Jackson entered a guilty plea in federal court to conspiracy, use of a communication facility in furtherance of the conspiracy, and use and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks imposed the sentence. 

This case was part of an extensive investigation conducted into the sale of illegal drugs in the Darlington County area. Jackson was identified as a possible cocaine and cocaine base distributor during the investigation. Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing and sentencing hearing established that in December 2009, law enforcement agents conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Jackson and found Jackson to be in possession of cocaine and cocaine base. In December 2015, Jackson was arrested pursuant to a federal indictment at a residence in Darlington. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of over a kilogram of cocaine and 160 grams of cocaine base.  Two handguns and drug paraphernalia were also recovered in the residence. 

The case was investigated by the FBI (Florence Division), the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP), the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and the Darlington County Drug Enforcement Unit (DCDEU). Assistant US Attorney Christopher D. Taylor of the Florence office prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Updated July 21, 2017