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Horry County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

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

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Glendell Long, a/k/a “Okera Uzoma,” 46, of Longs, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Evidence presented to the court showed that in March 2018, officers with the Horry County Police Department were conducting an investigation into an unrelated crime when they discovered an American Tactical Omni Hybrid multi-caliber rifle and several rounds of .223 caliber and 7.62 mm ammunition in Long’s home. Long was not charged in relation to the separate crime.  

Federal law prohibits Long from possessing a firearm or ammunition based on prior felony convictions for pointing and presenting a firearm, assault and battery with intent to kill, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.  Long also has a prior federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Long faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell accepted the guilty plea and will sentence him after receiving and reviewing a presentencing report prepared by the United States Probation Office. 

The charges against Long were the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Horry County Police Department.  The case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Project CeaseFire is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a crime reduction strategy originally launched in 2001 that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Turning the tide of rising violent crime in America is a top priority for the Department of Justice, which has reinstituted PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy.  Assistant United States Attorney Christopher D. Taylor of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.



Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated November 15, 2018

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