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Horry County men face 20 years in jail, $1M in fines after pleading guilty to federal drug charges

Left: Emmanuel Bellamy; Right: Roberto Velez-Garcia (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Left: Emmanuel Bellamy; Right: Roberto Velez-Garcia (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Two Horry County men entered guilty pleas to federal drug charges that could carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each.

According to press releases from the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake, Emmanuel Lamar Bellamy, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of marijuana, cocaine, cocaine base, and oxycodone.

Bellamy’s arrest came as part of an investigation into illegal drug activity in the Loris area. In 2015, agents made two controlled purchases of cocaine base from Bellamy, the release stated.

Then, in September 2016, Bellamy was arrested during a traffic stop and found in possession of a quantity of cocaine, according to the release. Later, a hotel room connected with the defendant was searched and a quantity of cocaine and fentanyl was located.

In a separate case, Roberto Yamil Velez-Garcia, 30, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute a quantity of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl.

In December 2015, agents made a controlled purchase of fentanyl from the defendant, the release stated.

Then, in May 2016, agents arranged a second controlled purchase of heroin from Velez-Garcia and a coconspirator. The two were arrested.

A search warrant was executed at an apartment Velez-Garcia shared with the coconspirator. Agents recovered approximately 95 grams of heroin and two firearms from the apartment, according to the release.   

Both defendants will be sentenced after the judge reviews the presentence reports.

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