COLUMBIA — A “known” Rock Hill gang member and accused drug dealer pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in federal court Tuesday, prosecutors say.
D’vario Rishad Crocker, 24, faces a maximum of 10 years behind bars or a $250,000 fine after he was charged as a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On Feb. 2, 2012, Rock Hill police received a tip that a wanted fugitive had been spotted with at least eight people at a Simrill Street house, according to a Rock Hill police report. When officers arrived, they found six to seven people standing in the front yard and on the front porch.
One of them was Crocker, who police found with a Hi-Point .40-caliber handgun in his waistband, the report states. Police took the weapon and removed nine rounds from the pistol. He was charged with possession of a stolen pistol and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
In 2007, Crocker pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was sentenced to three years of probation under the youthful offender act and was prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition.
Two years later, he was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy, but all three charges against him were dismissed, according to York County court records.
In 2010, attempted murder and unlawful weapons charges against him were dismissed, as well. A year later, three counts of second-degree burglary against him were dismissed.
On Jan. 1, Crocker was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, possession of a stolen pistol, trafficking cocaine, distributing drugs in proximity to a school and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine and other drugs, according to court records. That case is still pending.