A 34-year-old Seabrook man was sentenced to just over 20 years in prison on Friday after a 22-count indictment involving cocaine and gun trafficking, according to a 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office news release on Monday.
Brandon Singleton was sentenced to 248 months —20 years and 8 months — in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty in July 2017, according to the release.
Singleton and five co-defendants were charged in connection with the cocaine and gun trafficking in Beaufort County. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine, being a felon in possession of firearms and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses.
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The investigation began around April 2016 and the indictments came around November 2016, according to the Solicitor’s Office on Monday.
Undercover state and federal agents involved in the investigation bought nine guns and over 700 grams of cocaine from the six co-defendants, according to the release. Singleton was believed to be the leader of the organization who “arranged and directed all of the undercover purchases.”
“Law enforcement seized 14 firearms from Singleton and his co-defendants throughout the investigation, including stolen firearms, semi-automatic firearms, and high capacity magazines,” according to the Solicitor’s Office.
The investigation was carried out by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Carra Henderson from the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Assistant United States Attorney Emily Limehouse prosecuted the case and U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel handed down Singleton’s sentence.