MYRTLE BEACH — A man, who had been living in Myrtle Beach, was sentenced to 17 years in prison without the possibility of parole after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge, according to authorities.
Jeventino Tome Luna, 43, of Myrtle Beach, who was not authorized to be in the U.S., was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on May 13, 2011, on two counts of trafficking marijuana more than 10 pounds, but less than 100 pounds, according to jail records.
Luna was set to go to trial Monday, but before it began he agreed to plead guilty to trafficking cocaine, said Nancy Livesay, an assistant solicitor. Luna had been offered a plea agreement with a recommendation of a 10 year sentence before his trial date.
Luna pleaded guilty with a recommendation of a sentence between 15 to 25 years and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the marijuana charge, Livesay said in a release issued Wednesday. Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced Luna to 17 years in prison without parole.
Luna was arrested May 12, 2011 after agents of the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at a home in Myrtle Beach, Livesay said. Inside the home, agents found about 1,000 grams of cocaine and approximately 22 pounds of marijuana along with digital scales and packaging materials.
Agents also found eight grams of cocaine and $14,500 in cash inside Luna’s bedroom, Livesay said. The drugs and money were seized by agents and two other people living in the home pleaded guilty to drug charges in connection with the incident.
Juan Lopez, 39, pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana and was sentenced to five years in prison, while Luis Lopez, 32, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and also received five years in prison, Livesay said.
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