News Release
January 29, 2009
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Charleston Jury Convicts Man of Importing Drugs

JAN 29 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins stated that Andrew Jerome Malcolm, age 35, of Ontario, Canada, was convicted by a federal jury in Charleston for unlawfully importing methamphetamine into the United States with the intent to distribute it.  Chief United States District Judge David C. Norton will sentence Malcolm at a later date.  He faces a prison term of 10 years to life.

In November 2007, Malcolm was pulled over by a South Carolina Highway Patrolman for weaving on I-95 in Dorchester County.   Smelling burnt marijuana, the trooper asked for and received permission from Malcolm to search his truck.  The trooper found approximately 20,000 methamphetamine tablets in a compartment within the truck.  Malcolm told DEA agents that he obtained the drugs in Canada and was on his way to Florida to sell them when he was arrested.

The case was investigated by agents of the DEA and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  Assistant United States Attorneys Alston Badger and Eric Klumb of the Charleston office handled the case.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.