A convicted drug dealer from Sumter County caught with a kilo of cocaine by drug agents at one of Rock Hill’s busiest shopping centers in 2015 was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison. But Gary Snow, already in prison for other drug charges, avoids additional prison time.
Snow pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine from a 2015 incident where a kilogram of cocaine was seized, according to prosecutors and court records. Snow was on federal probation for drugs at the time of his arrest, prosecutors said. Snow served three years in federal custody after a drug dealing conviction in 2010, then was released in 2013, federal records show.
In July 2015, Snow and another man, Gregory Lee Hunter, also of Sumter County, were stopped by York County drug agents in the Manchester Village area of Rock Hill. Snow, the driver, got out of the car, and Hunter slid over into the driver seat and drove off, prosecutors said.
Hunter then jumped from the moving car and threw a kilo of cocaine into bushes near a restaurant before police caught him after a foot chase.
Because Snow is already serving a 12-year federal prison sentence on other drug dealing charges from another indictment and guilty plea in 2016, Tuesday’s sentencing of 10 years will run concurrent with the federal prison stretch Snow is already serving, prosecutors said.
Hunter pleaded guilty in 2016 to trafficking cocaine from the incident and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison, according to court and South Carolina prison records.