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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Federal Gun Defendant Sentenced to 72 Months

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that United States District Judge David C. Norton sentenced Frank “Kilo” Odom, age 30, of North Charleston, South Carolina, to 72 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Odom was convicted at trial earlier this year in federal court in Charleston on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and of selling cocaine to an undercover ATF agent.  The investigation, which began in 2015, was launched to investigate gun and drug-trafficking activities in the Charleston-metropolitan area.  During this investigation, agents made undercover buys from Odom, to include the purchase of cocaine and a .40 caliber pistol. 

Ms. Drake commended the agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for their work on this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Sean Kittrell prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Contact: 
Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Updated January 30, 2018