Myrtle Beach Men Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Chris Anthony Bellamy, age 34, and Andre Matrel Rogers, age 40, both of Myrtle Beach, pled guilty in federal court in Florence to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C). United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence, accepted the guilty pleas and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence reports, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
The evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that, pursuant to a joint federal and state drug trafficking investigation in the Myrtle Beach area, law enforcement officers made a controlled purchase of cocaine base from Bellamy on August 20, 2015. Investigators later made a controlled purchase of cocaine base from Rogers on September 18, 2015.
Both men both face enhanced penalties on the drug charges based on prior state convictions for drug trafficking crimes. Bellamy and Rogers each face a maximum of 30 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000 and a term of supervised release of at least 6 years on the drug charges.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Fifteenth Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU). Assistant United States Attorney Christopher D. Taylor of the Florence office handled the case.