CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) - The United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Marion Katrell Campbell, 38, of Walterboro, was convicted in federal court 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.
The news release stated that evidence presented at the trial established that on July 8, 2017, Campbell was the driver and occupant of a car stopped by officers with the Walterboro Police Department for a defective headlight. Campbell was placed under arrest for driving with a suspended license and failure to pay multiple traffic citations, and a K9 search was conducted on his vehicle, according to officials.
Officers searched the vehicle and 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 less than 37 grams.
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, officials added.
Campbell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
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 longstanding partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office to target career criminals in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, and Allendale Counties in federal court. Solicitor 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.”
This case was also prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.