Four Men Convicted in Federal Gun and Drug Charges Trial for Cocaine Armed Robbery

Federal Gun and Drug  Charges Lead to Long Sentences for Four Columbia Men In the first week of July, four men from the Columbia, SC area were sentenced after they pled guilty to federal gun and drug charges, including conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. They were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. 23-year-old Jacquan Olando Jones, 33-year-old Travis Howard, 23-year-old Vernon Davis and 26-year-old Eddie Wilbert Mobley were sentenced in federal court Wednesday, July 3rd. They pled guilty … [Read more...]

DEA Confiscates Digital Currency BitCoins After Drug Bust

BitCoins Taken in Federal Drug Bust In the first case of its kind, a Charleston man had his electronic currency, known as BitCoins, seized by federal authorities in relation to a drug bust in April. This is the first time ever that the federal government has seized, as an asset, electronic currency. The US Drug Enforcement Agency recently posted a forfeiture notice indicating that they had seized 11.02 BitCoins - $814 - from 31-year-old Eric Daniel Hughes, for allegedly violating the Controlled Substances Act. Hughes has not yet received … [Read more...]