Midlands foursome sentenced on drug, gun trafficking charges

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Residents from South Carolina's Midlands were sentenced Mondaay in federal court for their part in a drug conspiracy.

Nicholas Franklin, 23, of Lexington, Johnya Franklin, 27, of Lexington, Darrell Daniels, 31, of West Columbia, and Krista Jensen, 27, of Lexington, were sentenced for their participation in a crack and powder cocaine drug conspiracy.

Mr. Franklin was also sentenced on charges of firearms trafficking. Those charges were solidified after he sold a confidential informant five firearms -- a Glock .45-caliber pistol, a Romarm 7.62x39mm semi-automatic assault rifle, a Norinco SKS semi-automatic assault rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a Cobray 9mm pistol.

During the investigation, officers from the LExington County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and five firearms, including two semi-automatic assault rifles.

U.S. District Judge Cameron M. Currie of Columbia sentenced Nicholas Franklin to 180 months, Johnya Franklin to 120 Months, Darrell Daniels to 120 months, and Krista Jensen to 70 months.

Prosecutions at the sentencing hearings showed that Mr. Franklin and his sister MS. Franklin worked together to traffic significant quantities of crack cocaine in Lexington County.

Daniels assisted Ms. Franklin with distribution. Jensen coordinated sales and allowed the brother and sister to use her apartment for distribution.

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