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Press Release

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

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

Greenville Resident Indicted on Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.  Micah R. Vickery, age 37, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a 2-count indictment with possession of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) and distribution of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Vickery could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of ICE-Homeland Security Investigations and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. of the Greenville office for prosecution.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Mauldin Resident Indicted on Federal Gun Charges.  Alvin Andrae Drummond, age 41, of Mauldin, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and (g)(9).  The maximum penalty Drummond could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or life imprisonment. 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 being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Schoen of the Greenville office.

Individual Indicted on Federal Gun Charges.  Nicholas La Shaun Finley, age 45, was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and (g)(9).  The maximum penalty Finley could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or life imprisonment. 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 being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Schoen of the Greenville office.

Four Aliens Arrested and Charged with Illegal Re-Entry into the United States.  Rigoberto Morales-Hernandez, Tomas De La Cruz-Chingo, Luis Mario Olmos Betancourt, and Pedro Antonio Medina 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.  These cases were investigated by agents of the ICE-Homeland Security Investigations and are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun and Drug Charges.  Thomas Edward Norman, age 33, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a three-count indictment with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1); possession with the intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).  The maximum penalty Norman could face is a fine of $1,500,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 35 years. The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charge.  Richard Lamar Chapman, age 24, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  The maximum penalty Chapman could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 10 years.  This case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charge.  Brian Delquez Edwards, age 19, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a three-count indictment with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1); and possession of a stolen firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(j).  The maximum penalty Edwards could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 10 years.  This case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charge.  Charles Alex Hamilton, age 47, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of firearms and ammunition by a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  The maximum penalty Hamilton could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 10 years.  This case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charges.  Vernard Buckman, Jr., age 32, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person previously charged with a criminal domestic violence conviction, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 922(g)(9).  The maximum penalty Buckman could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 10 years. The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

The 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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Contact

Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated June 15, 2017

Topics
Firearms Offenses
Immigration
Project Safe Childhood