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United States of America v. Travis Chatman, II
Case Number: 4:18-cr-00897-MGL
Judge: Mary G. Lewis
Court: United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (Florence County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Lauren Hummel
Defendant's Attorney: Michael Allen Meetze
Florence, SC - Salters Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Gun and Drug Charges
Travis Chatman, II, 25, of Salters, was sentenced to 6 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Evidence presented to the court showed that on August 30, 2018, a task force officer with ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and officers from the Myrtle Beach SWAT Team and Myrtle Beach Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a hotel room in Myrtle Beach. Both Chatman and his girlfriend were present in the room during the execution of the search warrant. During the search, officers located two firearms. One was stolen and the other had an obliterated serial number. Officers also located heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, meth, alprazolam tablets, razor blades, plastic baggies, two scales, $2,650.00 in cash, bond paperwork in Chatmanís name, and multiple cell phones.
United States District Judge Mary G. Lewis sentenced Chatman to 72 months and one day in federal prison, to be followed by a five-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.
The case was investigated by ATF and the Myrtle Beach Police Department Street Crimes Unit and SWAT Team. It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justiceís 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.
Outcome: 21:841 A NARCOTICS - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE Defendants, as aiders, abettors, and co-participants in jointly undertaken criminal activity, knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully did possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, a quantity of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (commonly known as "MDMA"), and a quantity of marijuana, all Schedule I controlled substances; a quantity of cocaine, a quantity of cocaine base (commonly known as "crack"), and a quantity of methamphetamine, all Schedule II controlled substances; and a quantity of Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance; All in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(l), 841(b)(l )(C), 84l(b)(l)(D), 841(b)(2), and 18:2; with forfeiture allegations