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Date: 03-24-2019

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United States of America v. Lee Tracy Riggins

Case Number: 4:17-cr-00108-BHH

Judge: Bruce Howe Hendricks

Court: United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (Richland County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Andy Moorman, Everett McMillian, and Justin Holloway

Defendant's Attorney: Matthew Sherrod Swilley

Description:




Florence, SC - Gang Leader and Co-Conspirators Collectively Sentenced to Nearly 55 Years in Federal Prison

Nine defendants, including six current or former members of a criminal street gang, were sentenced in federal court on drug and firearms violations.

During the sentencing hearings, United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks characterized the gang as one of the most dangerous criminal organizations the federal government has prosecuted in the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas in many years.

Assistant United States Attorney Andy Moorman presented evidence to the Court that overwhelmingly established that Barbara Landy, age 27, was the leader of a subset of a national criminal street gang, and she communicated directly with a national gang leader who was incarcerated in the Western part of the United States. As the leader, or four star general, in charge, Landy directed drug shipments, assisted in the trafficking of weapons, and ordered the payment of “homage,” or dues by inferior gang members. For her leadership role in this dangerous and violent gang, the Court sentenced Landy to 210 months in federal prison.

The Court also sentenced Joshua Randall, age 31, to 195 months in federal prison. Evidence demonstrated that Randall was a lieutenant in the gang who reported directly to Landy and sold kilogram quantities of heroin and/or fentanyl to customers in the Myrtle Beach and Florence areas. During the course of the investigation, police arrested Randall on two separate occasions while in possession of guns and drugs.

Lee Tracy Riggins, age 27, was also a member of the gang. The Government presented evidence that Riggins participated in the gang’s drug distribution and firearms trafficking networks and was integral in gathering guns to be transported to and sold in New York, New York, to generate revenue for the gang. For his part, the Court sentenced Riggins to 120 months in federal prison.

The remaining Defendants sentenced were either lower level members of the street gang or non-gang members. Stanley Weaver, Brandon Randall, Jerrick Thomas, Dominique Chatman, Douglas Hart, and Joey Sinclair garnered combined sentences of 130 months, ranging from 35 months in federal prison to time served.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, the Horry County Police Department, the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Georgetown Police Department.

Outcome: 1:846 CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE NARCOTICS Defendant knowingly and intentionally did combine, conspire, agree and have tacit understanding with each other and with others, both known and unknown to the grand jury, to knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and marijuana, both Schedule I controlled substances, and cocaine and fentanyl, both Schedule II controlled substances; All in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(l) and 846 with forfeiture allegations
(1ssss) The Defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a term of 120 months. This term consists of 120 months as to each of Counts 1 and 2, to run concurrently. Total aggregate sentence: 120 months. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the US Marshals. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be placed on supervised release for a term of 3 years. This term consists of 3 years as to each of Counts 1 and 2, to run concurrently. While on supervised release, the defendant shall comply with the mandatory and standard conditions of supervision outlined in 18 U.S.C. 3583(d). The defendant shall also comply with a special condition . $200 special assessment due immediately. Forfeiture dismissed
18:924 - CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A VIOLENT CRIME/DRUG/MACHINE GUN Defendant did knowingly and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with others and did have tacit understanding with each other and others to knowingly use and carry a firearm during and in relation to, and to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes which are prosecutable in a court of the United States, to wit: conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute, and distribution of heroin and marijuana, both Schedule I controlled substances, and cocaine and fentanyl, both Schedule II controlled substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 (a)( l) and 846; In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(o) with forfeiture allegations
(2ssss) The Defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a term of 120 months. This term consists of 120 months as to each of Counts 1 and 2, to run concurrently. Total aggregate sentence: 120 months. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the US Marshals. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be placed on supervised release for a term of 3 years. This term consists of 3 years as to each of Counts 1 and 2, to run concurrently. While on supervised release, the defendant shall comply with the mandatory and standard conditions of supervision outlined in 18 U.S.C. 3583(d). The defendant shall also comply with a special condition . $200 special assessment due immediately. Forfeiture dismissed

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