Darlington man pleads guilty to federal drug, weapon charges

Darlington man pleads guilty to federal drug, weapon charges

FLORENCE, SC (WBMF) - A Darlington man pleaded guilty in federal court in Florence to drug conspiracy and firearms charges after a change of plea.

According to a press release, Justin Martin Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three counts: conspiracy to violate the drug laws of the United States; using a communication device to facilitate the commission of a felony under the Controlled Substances Act; and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The federal judge accepted the plea and will sentence Jackson after reviewing a presentence investigation report prepared by the United States Probate Office, the release stated.   

As part of a February 2015 investigation conducted by Darlington County Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pee Dee Violent Crimes Task Force in the Hartsville area, Jackson was found in possession of ethylone, known by the street name "Molly," during a routine traffic stop. 

Jackson was later arrested at a home in December 2015 on a federal arrest warrant. Law enforcement found three firearms, over a kilogram of powder cocaine, and 54 grams of cocaine-base in the home.

Officers also recovered two cellphones, which Jackson used in December 2015 to transact illegal drug activity, the release stated.

Jackson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of life in prison, the release stated.

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