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Date: 05-14-2019

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United States of America v. Marion Katrell Campbell

Case Number: 2:17-cr-01180-BHH

Judge: Bruce Howe Hendricks

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

Plaintiff's Attorney: Janet Carra Henderson, Carrie Fisher Sherard, Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen

Defendant's Attorney: Charles William Cochran and Ann Briks Walsh

Description:




Charleston, SC - Walterboro Man Sentenced to Thirty Years for Federal Narcotic and Firearms Offenses

Marion Katrell Campbell, age 38, of Walterboro, South Carolina, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks of Charleston sentenced Campbell to 360 months in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release.

Evidence presented at trial established that on July 8, 2017, Campbell was the driver and sole occupant of a car stopped by officers with the Walterboro Police Department for a defective headlight. A K9 search was conducted on the vehicle after Campbell was placed under arrest for driving under suspension and failure to pay multiple traffic citations. After a positive alert from the K9, officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver under the driver’s seat, extra ammunition on the driver’s side floorboard and in the driver’s door, plastic bags containing methamphetamine in the driver’s door and center console, as well as additional plastic baggies used for packaging drugs for distribution on the front passenger seat and in the passenger door. In total, there were 42 individual bags of methamphetamine measured out in various weights for distribution. The total net weight of the methamphetamine was a little less than 37 grams.

After Campbell was arrested, he placed numerous phone calls to his friends and family from jail trying to convince other people to claim the firearm located in the vehicle that night.

Campbell has a lengthy criminal history, which includes convictions for criminal domestic violence, forgery, failure to stop for a blue light, strong arm robbery, multiple drug possessions, and multiple possessions with intent to distribute crack and cocaine.

The case was investigated by the Walterboro Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted pursuant to 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone’s longstanding partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office to target career criminals in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, and Allendale Counties in federal court as well as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

Project CeaseFire is South Carolina’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Carra Henderson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Assistant United States Jamie Schoen of the US Attorney’s Office in Charleston prosecuted the case.

Outcome: CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE - knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully did possess with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance; In violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(l) and 841(b)(l)(c), with forfeiture allegations pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(d), Title 21, United States Code, Sections 853 and 881, and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c).
(1s)


The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of three hundred sixty (360) months, said term consisting of three hundred (300) months as to each of Counts 1 and 3 to run concurrently, and sixty (60) months as to Count 2 to run consecutively to all other counts. The defendant shall pay the mandatory $300 special assessment fee, due beginning immediately. The court makes the following recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons: The defendant shall be designated to FCI Estill. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of six (6) years, said term consisting of six (6) years as to Count 1, and two (2) years as to each of Counts 2 and 3, all 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 the following special conditions: 1. The defendant shall satisfactorily participate in and complete a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program, or comparable program, as approved by the U.S. Probation Office. 2. The defendant shall participate in a program of testing for substance abuse as approved by the U.S. Probation Officer. 3. The defendant shall contribute to the costs of any treatment, drug testing and/or location monitoring not to exceed an amount determined reasonable by the court approved U.S. Probation Office's Sliding Scale for Services, and shall cooperate in securing any applicable third-party payment, such as insurance or Medicaid. The defendant shall forfeit the defendants interest in the following property to the United States: As directed in the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture, filed February 11, 2019 and the said order is incorporated herein as part of this judgment.
VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN - knowingly possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which is prosecutable in a court of the United States; In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(l)(A)(I), with forfeiture allegations pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(d), Title 21, United States Code, Sections 853 and 881, and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c).
(2s) The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of three hundred sixty (360) months, said term consisting of three hundred (300) months as to each of Counts 1 and 3 to run concurrently, and sixty (60) months as to Count 2 to run consecutively to all other counts. The defendant shall pay the mandatory $300 special assessment fee, due beginning immediately. The court makes the following recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons: The defendant shall be designated to FCI Estill. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of six (6) years, said term consisting of six (6) years as to Count 1, and two (2) years as to each of Counts 2 and 3, all 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 the following special conditions: 1. The defendant shall satisfactorily participate in and complete a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program, or comparable program, as approved by the U.S. Probation Office. 2. The defendant shall participate in a program of testing for substance abuse as approved by the U.S. Probation Officer. 3. The defendant shall contribute to the costs of any treatment, drug testing and/or location monitoring not to exceed an amount determined reasonable by the court approved U.S. Probation Office's Sliding Scale for Services, and shall cooperate in securing any applicable third-party payment, such as insurance or Medicaid. The defendant shall forfeit the defendants interest in the following property to the United States: As directed in the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture, filed February 11, 2019 and the said order is incorporated herein as part of this judgment.
UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC. - having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly did possess, in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition, that is, a Charter Arms .38 special revolver and .38 caliber ammunition, all of which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce; In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(l), 924(a)(2) and 924(e), with forfeiture allegations pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(d), Title 21, United States Code, Sections 853 and 881, and Title 28, United States Code, Section 2461(c).
(3s) The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of three hundred sixty (360) months, said term consisting of three hundred (300) months as to each of Counts 1 and 3 to run concurrently, and sixty (60) months as to Count 2 to run consecutively to all other counts. The defendant shall pay the mandatory $300 special assessment fee, due beginning immediately. The court makes the following recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons: The defendant shall be designated to FCI Estill. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of six (6) years, said term consisting of six (6) years as to Count 1, and two (2) years as to each of Counts 2 and 3, all 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 the following special conditions: 1. The defendant shall satisfactorily participate in and complete a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program, or comparable program, as approved by the U.S. Probation Office. 2. The defendant shall participate in a program of testing for substance abuse as approved by the U.S. Probation Officer. 3. The defendant shall contribute to the costs of any treatment, drug testing and/or location monitoring not to exceed an amount determined reasonable by the court approved U.S. Probation Office's Sliding Scale for Services, and shall cooperate in securing any applicable third-party payment, such as insurance or Medicaid. The defendant shall forfeit the defendants interest in the following property to the United States: As directed in the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture, filed February 11, 2019 and the said order is incorporated herein as part of this judgment.

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