Anderson man sentenced in federal drug, gun trial

Anderson, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A 25-year-old Anderson man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday after being convicted in December 2009 by a federal jury on multiple drug and firearm charges.

U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald says Larry Antron Fridie, 25, was convicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana.

Evidence presented at trial established that in August 2008, Fridie was a passenger in a car stopped by the South Carolina Highway Patrol in Anderson County for speeding.  The trooper smelled marijuana in the car, and asked the driver and Fridie to step out.

A search of the passenger side of the car turned up eight bags of marijuana, another bag of crack cocaine, and a loaded pistol under the seat.

At trial, prosecutors played an audio recording of Fridie using his cell phone while sitting in the trooper's cruiser.  Alone and unaware that the cruiser's audio equipment was recording him, Fridie made a call and told an unknown female, "they got the gun," prior to its actual discovery in the vehicle.

Fridie has seven prior felony convictions for drugs, weapons, burglary, and grand larceny, and is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

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