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Home  |  News  |  Men Sentenced in Connection with Columbia Drug Ring

Men Sentenced in Connection with Columbia Drug Ring
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says eight men have been sentenced to prison, the final step in a push by law enforcement to shut down a gun-trafficking ring in the Greenview Community of Columbia.

Nettles said Wednesday a group of nine men between the ages of 19 and 24 received jail time.

Their arrests were the result of a joint ATF and Columbia Police Department investigation. In March and April of 2010, officers used a confidential informant to buy guns from members of the group. In June of 2010, prosecutors said several members of the ring robbed the information during a pre-arranged purchase of guns.

During the resulting arrests, 20 guns were seized by law enforcement, including assault rifles.

"We are pleased to have helped the citizens of Greenview as they fight to ensure their community remains safe and civil," said Nettles. "As part of our ongoing Project CeaseFire initiative, we will continue to devote resources to removing firearms and criminals from the Greenview Community so that residents can safely raise their families and enjoy their neighborhood."

"This operation was a cure for a persistent illness that the Greenview community has been suffering with for quite some time," said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott. "The suspects will not be returning to the Greenview/Northeast community to continue their criminal acts. Law abiding residents have been taking proactive measures with the Columbia Police Department to safeguard their backyards. Efforts like this crime suppression operation will continue."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/146113/28/Men-Sentenced-in-Connection-with-Columbia-Drug-Ring

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