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Rock Hill Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Travis Daniel Smith, age 29, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was sentenced after earlier pleading guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(i), and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, in violation of  Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(b)(1)(D). Senior United States District Judge Cameron Currie sentenced Smith to 72 months imprisonment with 5 years of federal supervised release to follow.

Evidence presented at the earlier change of plea hearing established that on April 7, 2016, Smith attempted to allude officers of the Rock Hill Police Department during a routine traffic stop. Evidence showed that Smith first led officers on a short car-chase and later left his vehicle to flee on foot. During the foot-chase, officers observed Smith abandoning a Diamondback .380 caliber pistol. Once officers were able to detain Smith, they discovered a bag of marijuana and a digital scale on his person. Smith is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms based upon his prior state convictions and adjudications for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Rock Hill Police Department and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.  Assistant United States Attorney Alyssa L. Richardson of the Columbia office handled the case.



Alyssa Leigh Richardson (803) 929-3000

Updated June 26, 2017

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