Walterboro man sentenced to three decades behind bars
by The Press and Standard | May 16, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 15, 2019 at 10:20 am
A Walterboro man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after being found guilty of drugs and weapons charges by a Charleston federal court jury,
United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks sentenced Marion Katrell Campbell, 38, of Walterboro to a total of 360 months in federal prison to be followed by six years of supervised release following his conviction 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.
During the trial, federal prosecutors were able to provide the jury evidence that showed that on July 8, 2017, Campbell was the driver and sole occupant of a car stopped at approximately 1:40 a.m. in the 3000 block of Robertson Boulevard for a defective passenger-side headlight by members of the Walterboro Police Department.
He was taken into custody when a computer check on Campbell’s record showed that his driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted on three failure-to-pay fines citations. At the time of his arrest, Campbell gave officers a North Charleston address, but he had been a long-time Walterboro resident with a lengthy criminal record.
An open-air search of the vehicle by a canine unit was conducted based on his previous record of narcotics violations.
When the canine search of the exterior of the car produced a positive alert, officers searched the vehicle.
They located 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, as well as additional plastic baggies used for packaging drugs for distribution on the front passenger seat and in the passenger door.
In total, there were 42 individual bags of methamphetamine measured out in various weights for distribution. The total net weight of the methamphetamine was a little less than 37 grams.
Walterboro police arrested Campbell on charges of simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while under suspension, possession of methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine and unlawful carrying a pistol. He also got a warning for the missing headlight.
After Campbell was arrested on local charges, evidence further showed that he placed numerous phone calls to his friends and family from jail trying to convince other people to claim the firearm located in the vehicle that night.
Campbell’s lengthy criminal history includes convictions for criminal domestic violence, forgery, failure to stop for a blue light, strong-arm robbery, multiple drug possessions, and multiple possessions with intent to distribute crack and cocaine.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the Walterboro Police Department in investigating the case.
The case was prosecuted pursuant to 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone’s longstanding partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office to target career criminals in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and Allendale counties in federal court, as well as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.
Special Assistant United States Attorney Carra Henderson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Assistant United States Jamie Schoen of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charleston prosecuted the case.