Hanahan Man pleads guilty in Federal Court to using firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) –  A Hanahan man pled guilty in federal court to Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, according to the United States Attorney Sherri Lydon.

According to court documents, agents of the U.S. Postal Service alerted the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the Hanahan Police Department that Valdimere Rasheen Rivers, 29, was receiving suspicious packages from California.

Rivers was arrested while returning from the post office with a box of marijuana in his vehicle, according to First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Crick. When officers stopped Rivers, he texted his girlfriend with instructions to retrieve money and additional marijuana from the couple’s townhouse. The news release stated that a surveillance team closed in on the residence, Rivers’ girlfriend dropped a container of marijuana into a nearby dumpster and loaded thousands of dollars of cash into one of Rivers’ cars. 

She was arrested, and a search of the townhouse revealed additional marijuana and a loaded revolver, officials added. An additional shipment of marijuana addressed to one of Rivers’ relatives was also intercepted. Authorities seized over five pounds of marijuana and more than $4,500 in cash.

Authorities stated that Rivers faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.  

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