City man facing long prison term
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 7, 2018 at 10:04 am
A Walterboro man faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison after he was convicted of four charges in a trial last week in Charleston federal court.
United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced that Marion Katrell Campbell, 38, of Walterboro was convicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
On July 8, 2017, Campbell was the driver and sole occupant of a car stopped by officers with the Walterboro Police Department for a defective headlight.
Campbell was placed under arrested for driving with a suspended license and failure to pay multiple traffic citations, and a canine search was conducted on his vehicle.
When the dog alerted officers of the presence of drugs in Campbell’s vehicle, the car was searched and officers discovered a loaded .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver under the driver’s seat, extra ammunition on the driver’s side floorboard and in the driver’s door, plastic bags containing methamphetamine in the driver’s door and center console, and additional plastic baggies used for packaging drugs for distribution on the front passenger seat and in the passenger door.
In total, five plastic bags containing 42 prepackaged smaller bags of methamphetamine were found in the car. The total net weight of the methamphetamine was just under 37 grams.
Evidence presented at the trial showed that after Campbell was arrested, he placed numerous phone calls to his friends and family from jail, trying to convince other people to claim the firearm found in the vehicle that night.
He also openly discussed how much he was paying for his drugs and boasted about the quality. The government’s expert in drug trafficking was able to explain to the jury how the prices he quoted and the terms he used showed the conversations were about methamphetamine.
Campbell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.
United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks presided over the trial and will sentence Campbell after receiving and reviewing a presentence report prepared by the United States Probation Office.
The case was investigated by the Walterboro Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The case was prosecuted pursuant to 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone’s long-standing partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office to target career criminals in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and Allendale counties in federal court.
Stone stated, “The partnership between our office and the United States Attorney’s Office has been tremendously successful and continues to make the 14th Circuit a safer place to live.”
Special Assistant United States Attorney Carra Henderson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Schoen of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charleston prosecuted the case.