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Eight separate federal cases end in guilty pleas for Grand Strand, Pee Dee defendants

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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Eight men from across the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee entered guilty pleas this week in federal court in Florence on a variety of charges stemming from separate cases.

On Monday, Florwer Carlin Lizano, 31, of Dillon, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, according to a U.S. Attorney press release.

On Aug. 5, 2016, an officer with the Dillon Police Department found Lizano asleep in a vehicle at 5 a.m.

The officer saw a 9mm pistol in Lizano’s waistband as he approached.

Lizano was a previously convicted felon and was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, the release stated. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Another local plea came from Willis Terrance Dorsey, 30, of Marion, who pleaded guilty on Monday to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, a press release stated.

On Feb. 2, 2016, deputies with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Dorsey on Interstate 20 in Darlington. They then found 26 grams of crack cocaine on his person and a 9mm Keltec pistol in the vehicle, the release stated.

Dorsey reportedly told the officers he had been selling crack cocaine.

He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years on the drug charge, and a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison on the gun charge, the release stated.

Another local plea came from Henry Quaysean Thomas, 40, of Florence, who pleaded guilty on Monday to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and crack cocaine, according to a press release.

On May 18, 2016, members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a room at a local Florence hotel. Thomas was arrested and law enforcement seized 78 grams of marijuana, seven grams of crack cocaine and $930 in cash, the release stated.

Thomas admitted to law enforcement he was selling illegal drugs from the hotel.

He faces $20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, plus a special assessment of $100.

Also on Monday, Kenneth Andrew Generette, 30, of Johnsonville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin, a press release stated.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI conducted an investigation of individuals distributing heroin in the Hemingway and Johnsonville areas of Florence County. Generette as identified as a supplier, according to the release.

FCSO investigators eventually made two controlled heroin buys from Generette.

He faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a $5 million fine.

An additional Monday guilty plea came courtesy of Christian Alexander Gause, 29, of Loris, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, marijuana, cocaine, cocaine base and Alprazolam, according to a press release.

On March 31, 2016, narcotics agents with the Horry County Police Department executed a search warrant at Gause’s Loris home. There, law enforcement seized 40 grams of heroin, 11 grams of crack cocaine, 13 grams of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana and 54 Alprazolam tablets, the release stated.

Gause faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Also on Monday, a Myrtle Beach man pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to manufacture and pass counterfeit securities.

According to a press release, Howard Dillon, 49, and others manufactured and passed counterfeit checks of organizations between August 2015 and January 2016.

Dillon faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In addition to drugs, fraud and weapons charges, two individuals pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to illegal re-entry into the United States.

According to a press release, Efran Bautista-Ayala, 44, of Myrtle Beach, could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, plus a special assessment of $100.

On Nov. 9, 2016 ICE officers discovered Bautista-Ayala, a native of Mexico, had been arrested for driving under the influence and driving without a license.

Previously, Bautista-Ayala was deported from the U.S. in 2006 after having been convicted of felony charges in California, the release stated.

Finally, Jose Hernandez Guerrero, 38, of Pamplico, pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry into the U.S.

On Oct. 19, 2016 ICE officers discovered Guerrero, a native of Mexico, had been arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol for driving under the influence and driving without a license, according to a press release.

Previously, Guerrero was deported from the U.S. in 2004 after having been convicted of felony charges in Texas, the release stated.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, plus a special assessment of $100

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