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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

Contact Person: Nancy Wicker (803) 929-3000

Acting United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that yesterday a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictments against the following:

Two Men Arrested and Charged with Illegal Re-Entry into the United States
Luis Enrique Bedoya and Melvin Flores were each charged in separate indictments with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326.  The maximum penalty each could receive, depending on their prior criminal history, is two to twenty years imprisonment.  The cases were investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations (DHS).  The cases are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

“Real Time”:  Spartanburg Man Arrested and Indicted in South Carolina for Felon in Possession of Firearm
Fred Deshawn Edwards, age 22, was charged in a one-count indictment with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g).  The maximum penalty Edwards could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Spartanburg Police Department and is prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local “Real Time” initiative.  The goal of this program is to identify individuals for federal prosecution with significant criminal histories who continue to actively possess firearms in the community.  Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office is handling prosecution of this case.

“Real Time”:  Greenville Man Arrested and Indicted in South Carolina for Felon in Possession of Firearm
Joshua Matthew Garrett, age 26, was charged in a one-count indictment with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g).  The maximum penalty Garrett could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and is prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local “Real Time” initiative.  The goal of this program is to identify individuals for federal prosecution with significant criminal histories who continue to actively possess firearms in the community.  Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office is handling prosecution of this case.

The Acting United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

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Updated December 14, 2016