GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – A Pawleys Island man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to drug and weapons charges.
According to a press release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office, Kneshon Raheime Pino, 30, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, four to 14 grams, and unlawful possession of a sawed-off rifle.
Judge Thomas Cooper sentenced Pino to 15 years for the drug charge and 10 years for the gun charge, the release stated. The charges will run concurrently for a total of 15 years.
On March 2, 2016, the defendant was stopped by agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, who were conducting surveillance of a drug deal, according to the release.
When Pino got out of the vehicle, agents smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. They also reportedly saw a digital scale, two cellphones and two plastic bags that contained heroin.
Additionally, a vacuum-packed bag of marijuana and a backpack containing two bags of marijuana and a bag of crack cocaine were also found inside, the release stated.
The suspect was arrested on the gun charge on Aug. 17, 2017, after officers executed a search warrant at his home. Drugs believed to be heroin, marijuana and hydrocodone, along with the sawed-off rifle and other firearms, were reportedly found inside the residence.
According to the release, the weapon was a Colt M4 carbine rifle that had a 12.5-inch barrel, which is illegal in South Carolina.