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Press Release

Marion Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm and Drug Charges

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

Contact Person: Chris Taylor (843) 665-6688

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Gabriel Emanuel Foxworth, age 27, of Marion, South Carolina, was sentenced to a total of 156 months imprisonment in federal court in Florence, South Carolina. Foxworth’s term of imprisonment will be followed by an appropriate term of supervised release. In October 2015 Foxworth pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, all in violation of  21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)(b)(1)(C) and 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A). Chief United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence sentenced Foxworth to 36 months for the marijuana charge and 120 months for the firearm charge.

Evidence presented at the earlier change of plea hearing established that on August 27, 2014, a Marion County Combined Drug Unit officer saw Foxworth driving a car on Gregg Avenue.  Foxworth was stopped and subsequently arrested because his license was suspended and police had an active warrant for his arrest. During a pat down search of Foxworth, police found a 9mm pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition in Foxworth's waistband. Police searched Foxworth’s car and located a quantity of marijuana inside the car. Foxworth has prior convictions for distributing cocaine (2007) and possession with intent to distribute marijuana (2012).

The case was investigated by agents of the ATF and Marion County Combined Drug Unit. This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher D. Taylor of the Florence office prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 25, 2016

Topic
Drug Trafficking