Columbia Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Drug & Firearms Crimes
COLUMBIA, S.C.— Norris L. Bond, 42, of Columbia, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine and possessing a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking.
Evidence presented to the court showed that in July 2019, Richland County Sheriff’s Department made a traffic stop on an Audi driven by Bond. In a subsequent search of the Audi, law enforcement found bags of suspected cocaine and crack cocaine, and a loaded 9mm pistol. Law enforcement arrested Bond and transported him to the detention center. While Bond was en route, law enforcement noticed him moving around in the backseat of the patrol car. When Bond was removed from the patrol car, law enforcement discovered a torn bag of suspected cocaine where Bond had been sitting. The suspected cocaine and crack cocaine lab tested as approximately 63 grams of cocaine and 30 grams of crack cocaine.
Further investigation revealed Bond had been engaged in a multi-year conspiracy to sell cocaine and crack cocaine in the Columbia area. Bond’s role in that conspiracy was as a source of supply to others. In a three-year period, Bond was accountable for more than 10 kilograms of cocaine and more than 750 grams of crack cocaine.
United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced Bond to 144 months imprisonment, to be followed by a 5-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case was investigated by Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Flynn prosecuted the case.
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