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Man gets 15 years on federal charges

Posted: May 7, 2018 5:05 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2018 1:00 a.m.

In a press release issued Thursday, South Carolina U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said Swan Nicoyis Jackson, 22, of Camden, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 180 months (15 years) imprisonment with four years of supervised release to follow.

Jackson pleaded guilty in January to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie, of Columbia, imposed the sentence.

Evidence presented in court established that on morning of June 2, 2017, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies encountered Jackson and another man walking down railroad tracks near a neighborhood that had recent thefts.

When deputies asked Jackson and the other man to stop, they both ran. Deputies could smell marijuana emanating from their direction. During the chase, Jackson fell and deputies were able to catch up to him and found a 9mm handgun in his pants pocket, along with marijuana. Further investigation revealed that the firearm had been reported stolen from a residence.

Jackson is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms based upon prior state convictions for possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine near a school, possession with intent to distribute marijuana (second offense, and possession of crack cocaine (third offense or more).

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the KCSO investigated the case, which was prosecuted as part of Project CeaseFire, a joint federal, state and local initiative focused upon aggressively prosecuting firearm cases in an effort to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer. Project CeaseFire is South Carolina’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a crime reduction strategy originally launched in 2001.

Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.

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