JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A 40-year-old Johns Island man was sentenced to 30 years for his part in a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy connected to a Mexican drug cartel.
United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced on Friday that Marcus Gibbs was sentenced Thursday in Charleston for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, money laundering and felon in possession of a firearm.
In addition to the 360 months imprisonment, Gibbs was sentenced to supervised release for life upon completion of his service of his term of imprisonment.
Evidence presented during the week-long trial of Gibbs in late-October of 2011 established that Gibbs was responsible for the procurement and distribution of more than 500 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico, via Atlanta, beginning at least in 2006 and continuing up until the date of his arrest in 2010.
Evidence further showed that Gibbs would wire drug proceeds back to Mexico, as well as deliver bulk cash to co-conspirators in Atlanta.
On Aug. 31, 2010, law enforcement conducted a bust operation of Gibbs where agents seized a half kilogram of cocaine and a .45 caliber handgun.
Agents then obtained a search warrant of Gibbs' home later resulting in the seizure of more than 12 kilograms of cocaine, more than 300 grams of crack cocaine and an FNH 5.7 X 28 caliber handgun.
According to authorities, evidence at trial further established that Gibbs had secured a direct connection to an operative within a significant drug cartel in Guerrero, Mexico who served as his primary source of supply.
During the search of Gibbs' residence, agents found a safe containing only a key and a sheet of paper with the home phone number in Mexico of that cartel member.