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Home  |  News  |  Police dismantle gun-trafficking ring

Police dismantle gun-trafficking ring
Thursday, August 4, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Suspects involved in the Greenview Community gun-trafficking ring were sentenced on Wednesday.

According to a press release, 22-year-old Andre Moss, 20-year- old Anthony Brevard, 22-year-old Torrian Gleaton, 21-year-old Johnathan Bailey, 22-year-old Antonio Keller, 19-year-old Allan Boyd, 21-year-old Travis Hayes and 24-year-old Dexter Clifford Savage were sentenced to a combined 41 ½ years in prison as a result of an effort to focus on removing firearms and criminals from the Greenview Community in Columbia, SC.

The joint ATF and CPD operation say that they utilized a confidential informant in March and April of 2010 to purchase firearms and ammunition from members of the group.

Then in June of 2010, members of the group robbed the confidential informant at gunpoint when he arrived at an apartment complex for a pre-arranged purchase of five firearms.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Columbia Police Department (CPD) removed a total of twenty firearms from the community, including two SKS 7.62mm Cugir Model 56 assault rifles; one Norinco 7.62mm assault rifle; three Taurus .45 caliber semi-automatic pistols; two Taurus .40 caliber semi-automatic pistols; a Ruger .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol; a Harrington & Richardson .32 caliber revolver; a Hi-point 9mm semi-automatic pistol; a Bersa .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol; a Ruger .44 magnum revolver; a Charter Arms .38 caliber revolver; a Taurus .38 caliber revolver; a Rossi .38 caliber revolver; Smith and Wesson .357 revolver; a Marlin Glenfield 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun; a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun; a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun; and an assortment of ammunition for use in a variety of firearms, police say.

All of the individuals plead guilty to charges in federal court and were sentenced to up to ten years in prison in addition to three years of supervised release: Moss (120 months), Hopkins (92 months), Hayes (90 months), Brevard (46 months), Savage (33 months), Bailey (33 months), Keller (33 months), Gleaton (27 months), and Boyd (24 months).

Police say that this operation was a cure for a persistent illness that the Greenview community has been suffering with for quite some time.

Source: http://northeastcolumbia.wistv.com/news/crime/police-dismantle-gun-trafficking-ring/49172

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