COLUMBIA, SC — Five defendants facing federal drug and firearms charges will appear in front of Judge Jacquelyn Austin Friday at 11 a.m. for a detention hearing to determine whether or not they will receive bond.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a federal grand jury has charged Rory Severin, 45, William Scott Powell, 40, Chad Edward Moore, 42, Marie Higgins, 36, and Angel Miranda-Luna, 24, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute in excess of 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
The release said Powell, Moore, Higgins and Miranda-Luna have also been charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking charge. It also said that Moore is charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
The investigation was carried out by several law enforcement agencies including Homeland Security, the Douglasville Police Department from Georgia, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The investigation concluded on two separate dates. In April 22, 2014 law enforcement officers arrested Severin, Powell, Moore and Higgins and seized in excess of two pounds of methamphetamine and four firearms.
Then on May 5, law enforcement officers stopped Miranda-Luna, who also went by the alias of Luna-Miranda, on a routine traffic stop in Atlanta. Officers discovered nearly 26 pounds of methamphetamine and, $90,000 in cash and a firearm Miranda-Luna was using to protect the drugs and drug proceeds.
If convicted, the defendants face a sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment.
Andy Moorman, an assistant attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will prosecute the case.