2012 federal prosecutions in Horry County for unlawful possession of a firearm

February 2, 2013 

The link between illegal guns and other criminal activity, particularly drug trafficking, can be seen in the “unlawful possession of a firearm” prosecutions the U.S. Attorney’s office initiated last year against Horry County residents:

1. Ramar Armon Gore – indicted on Jan. 24 for unlawful possession of a .38 caliber derringer and ammunition; arrested on Feb. 8; charges were dropped on May 24 by federal prosecutors who told Judge Bryan Harwell that “prosecution is not in the best interest of the government at this time.” Gore, who pleaded guilty to separate cocaine trafficking charges filed in Horry County, was serving a five-year prison sentence on those charges when the gun charge was dropped.

2. Sedieka McClam – indicted on Jan. 24 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, unlawful possession of a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and ammunition and using a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime; arrested on Jan. 30; sentenced on Nov. 6 to 21 years and 10 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release; McClam is appealing the conviction.

3. Omar Shareef Steele – indicted on Jan. 24 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, unlawful possession of a .22 caliber RG Industries revolver and a .380 caliber Bersa pistol and ammunition and using a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime; arrested on Feb. 2; sentenced on Nov. 8 to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

4. Kachef Neem Spain – indicted on Feb. 28 for unlawful possession of a .40 caliber Glock piston and ammunition (the pistol previously had been stolen by an unknown person from a vehicle belonging to William Bailey, former director of the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department); arrested on March 14; signed a plea agreement on Aug. 3 admitting to the crime; sentenced Nov. 6 to 15 years and six months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Additional drug charges were dismissed by the Horry County solicitor.

5. William Pink Grainger – indicted on Feb. 28 for unlawful possession of a .40 caliber Glock piston and ammunition; arrested on April 3; signed a plea agreement on Oct. 16 admitting to the crime; sentencing has not been scheduled. Grainger pleaded guilty in Horry County to separate cocaine possession charges related to the gun incident and a cocaine trafficking charge was dropped.

6. Joseph Anthony Daly – indicted on Feb. 28 for unlawful possession of a .380 caliber Hi Point handgun and ammunition; arrested on March 12; signed a plea agreement on Oct. 24 admitting to the crime; sentencing has not been scheduled.

7. Angel Ronquillo-Ruiz – arrested on Feb. 14 on a Feb. 8 complaint filed in federal court charging Ronquillo-Ruiz with unlawful possession of firearms by an illegal alien; sentenced on Nov. 27 to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release as well as possible deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

8. Luther McNeil (aka “Gunner”) Myers – indicted on March 28 for unlawful possession of a sawed-off .480 caliber New England Firearms shotgun; signed a plea agreement on Aug. 27 admitting to unlawfully owning a firearm and prosecutors agreed to drop the sawed-off shotgun charge; sentencing has not been scheduled. McNeil had just finished two years of probation for cocaine possession when he was indicted.

9. Christopher Jamie Davis – indicted on March 27 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, unlawful possession of a .32 caliber Kel Tec pistol and a .380 caliber Hi-Point pistol and ammunition and using a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime; signed a plea agreement on Nov. 18 admitting to using a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime and prosecutors dropped the cocaine and gun possession charges; sentencing has not been scheduled.

10. Lorenzo Rodriguez-Ortiz – arrested on March 30 on a complaint filed in federal court charging Rodriguez-Ortiz with unlawful possession of firearms (.22 caliber Winchester rifle, .308 caliber Remington 770 rifle, .22 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and ammunition) by an illegal alien; sentenced Nov. 13 to one year and one month in prison followed by two years of supervised release as well as possible deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

11. Jermaine Thomas Mouzon – indicted on April 24 for unlawful possession of a .380 caliber Hi-Point pistol and ammunition; signed a plea agreement on Sept. 6 admitting to the crime; pleaded guilty in Horry County to separate cocaine possession charge related to the gun charge; was arrested on Oct. 1 for one count of assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return, one count of forgery and three counts of criminal conspiracy. No trial date has been set for the federal gun charge.

12. Hubert Lee Washington Jr. – indicted on May 23 on a charge of unlawful possession of a .40 caliber Taurus Millennium pistol and ammunition; arrested on May 24; pleaded guilty on Oct. 14; sentencing has not been scheduled. Horry County prosecutors dropped robbery and kidnapping charges related to the gun charge.

13. Christopher Jermaine Kollock – indicted on June 26 on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, unlawful possession of a .357 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; arrested on June 27; signed a plea agreement on Nov. 27 admitting to unlawful possession of a firearm with prosecutors dropping the other charges; sentencing has not been scheduled.

14. Joshua David Smith – indicted on July 24 on a charge of unlawful possession of a 9-millimeter Taurus pistol and ammunition; arrested on July 26; signed a plea agreement on Jan. 8 admitting to possession of a stolen firearm; pleaded guilty on Jan. 9; sentencing has not been scheduled. Horry County prosecutors dropped drug possession charges related to the gun charge.

15. Levern Tamoryo Woods – indicted on July 24 on charges of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and unlawful possession of a nine-millimeter Beretta pistol; arrested on July 27; ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination on Jan. 4; sentencing has not been scheduled.

16. Arturo DeJesus Gonzalez Velazquez – arrested on July 16 on a complaint charging him with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 or more grams of heroin; a charge of unlawful possession of a 9-millimeter Beretta handgun was added on July 24; pleaded not guilty on Aug. 18. No trial date has been scheduled.

17. Jeffrey Lamont Jordan – arrested on Sept. 5 on a complaint charging him with unlawful possession of a .380 caliber Bryco pistol; an indictment charging Jordan with possession of crack cocaine was added on Sept. 25; pleaded not guilty on Oct. 17; no trial date has been scheduled.

18. Markie Obrian Cox – indicted on charges of unlawful possession of a 9-millimeter Glock pistol and a .40 caliber Steyer pistol; Cox arrested on Oct. 30; Cox pleaded not guilty on Oct. 31; no trial date has been scheduled. Cox is facing separate cocaine distribution charges in Horry County.

19. Jotham Rafael Simmons – arrested on Nov. 6 on a complaint charging him with unlawful possession of firearms (a .45 caliber pistol, a .40 caliber pistol, a 20-guage short-barreled shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle) and ammunition; an indictment was issued Nov. 27 also charging him with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; pleaded not guilty on Dec. 12; no trial date has been scheduled.

20. Dan Howard Spivey – indicted on Dec. 18 on a charge of unlawful possession of a .380 caliber Hi-Point pistol and ammunition; arrested on Jan. 9; pleaded not guilty on Jan. 9; no trial date has been scheduled.

Source: U.S. District Court

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