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Press Release

Sumter Man Sentenced in Federal Court on Drug Charges

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

Contact Person: William Witherspoon (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Kevin Lamont Loney, age 38, of Sumter County, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for possession with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, 500 grams or more of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana, a violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a) (1) 841(b) (B) and 841(b)(1)(D).  Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia sentenced Loney to 300 months imprisonment (25 years) followed by 8 years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that a search warrant was executed at Loney’s residence.  The search warrant was based upon the purchase of half a kilogram of cocaine from Loney by the police.  Based upon this purchase and other information, the officers obtained the search warrant for Loney’s home.  During the search, they found more than 500 grams of cocaine, 96 grams of crack cocaine and 20 kilograms of marijuana in Loney’s home.  Loney was arrested.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Sumter County Sheriff's Department.  Assistant United States Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 30, 2015