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Florence Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

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

FLORENCE, S.C. — Kendric Lanorris Cannon, 47, of Florence, was sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on the evening of Feb. 2, 2022, officers with Florence Police Department encountered Cannon as the sole occupant of a vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Florence. Officers approached the vehicle to verify who Cannon was and why he was there. Cannon said he lived there and exited the vehicle.  As Cannon exited, law enforcement could see a firearm and a bag of white powder on the driver’s side floorboard. In a subsequent search of the car, law enforcement found a .380 caliber handgun, more than 100 grams of cocaine divided up into baggies, and a digital scale. Cannon later admitted that the firearm was his and that there was cocaine in the car.

United States District Judge Joseph Dawson, III sentenced Cannon to 60 months imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Florence Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Flynn is prosecuting the case.



MEDIA CONTACT:   Veronica Hill, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Attorney’s Office,, (803) 929-3000

Updated June 7, 2024

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