COLUMBIA — A Rock Hill man who police and prosecutors say is a known gang member pleaded guilty to drug and gun possession charges in federal court Wednesday.
Sentencing for Jadaryl Andrew Hinton, 23, won’t take place for another two or three weeks, said Stacey Haynes, the U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case.
Hinton faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine for the felon in possession of firearm charge and a maximum of 10 years in prison and possible $500,000 fine on the drug charge.
On Feb. 10, 2012, Rock Hill Police officers stopped a gray Chevrolet Impala without headlights on that made an improper turn on Cherry Road, according to police documents. Police found Darelle Ware, 18 at the time, in the back seat and Hinton, also known as “Young G,” in the front passenger seat.
Both men had gang affiliations, police said. Officers frisked Hinton and found a .45-caliber handgun in his waistband and a jar with 19 baggies of marijuana in his front pants pocket, the report states.
Ware had a gun in his waistband and said the drugs in the car belonged to him, reports state.
Two other people in the car who didn’t have any guns or drugs were released. The driver received a traffic citation.
Ware was charged with unlawfully carrying a pistol and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Hinton was charged with possession of a stolen pistol, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, carrying a pistol unlawfully and possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a violent crime.
Ware, now 19, pleaded guilty to the charges last June and received credit for the 130 days he had served in prison, court records show.
Hinton had prior convictions for crack possession with the intent to distribute, crack possession with the intent to distribute within proximity to a park, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in proximity to a school. He is forbidden from possessing firearms, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia.
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