A Pawleys Island man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to gun and drug charges, according to a release from Jimmy Richardson, 15th Circuit Solicitor.
Kneshon Raheime Pino, 30, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin four to 14 grams and unlawful possession of a sawed-off rifle, the release states.
Pino was arrested for the gun charge on Aug. 17 when officers obtained a search warrant at his home and found a Colt M4 Carbine rifle that had a 12.5 inch barrel, which is illegal in South Carolina, as well as other firearms, officials said.
On March 2, 2016, Pino was stopped by agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit who had been running a surveillance operation of a drug sale, officials said. At the time, Pino was wanted on two warrants.
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When agents pulled Pino over, the vehicle allegedly smelled of marijuana and agents saw a digital scale in his lap. The release states that agents also saw two plastic bags that contained heroin on the front passenger seat.
After searching the vehicle, officials said that they found a vacuum-packed bag of marijuana and a backpack that contained two more bags of marijuana and a bag of crack cocaine.
While checking Pino’s drivers license, officials found that it was suspended, the release states. In 2015, Pino was convicted of driving under suspension five times, and had been classified as a habitual traffic offender by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the report.
Pino was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the drug charge and 10 years in prison for the gun charge, which will run concurrently.