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Operation "Real Time": Anderson Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Possessing Firearm and Ammunition

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

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Nicholas Blake Cason, age 28, of Anderson, South Carolina, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain. Cason previously entered a guilty plea in federal court on July 21, 2016, for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a prohibited person. 

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that, on February 22, 2016, a deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) encountered Cason while looking for another individual. During that interface, GCSO discovered that Cason was in possession of drugs and a loaded 9mm pistol. Due to his prior criminal history and record, Cason is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Cason was arrested federally as a part of “Operation Real-Time.”  The goal of this program is to identify individuals for federal prosecution with significant criminal histories who continue to possess firearms in the Upstate community. 

In addition to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Real Time’s core partners include the Greenville Police Department, the Anderson Police Department, the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services; the South Carolina Highway Patrol, United States Probation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office. 

Since August of 2015, the initiative has resulted in the expedited federal prosecution of some 115 defendants and seizure of over 130 firearms as well as assorted ammunition from prohibited persons.

U.S. Attorney Beth Drake commended the partnership between the state and federal agencies that led to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s Office adopting the case. “We work best when we work together.  This ‘real time’ identification of high risk offenders is smart policing, and we welcome the opportunity to work alongside our state chiefs and sheriffs in taking violent repeat offenders out of our communities.”

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen in the Greenville U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.



Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated June 21, 2017

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