FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA —Brodus Bernard Gregg, 68, of Conway, South Carolina, was convicted after a two-day jury trial in federal court of participating in an interstate cocaine trafficking conspiracy that worked for several years in the Pee Dee.
“Brodus Gregg and his co-conspirators brought large quantities of cocaine from other states to South Carolina, and a jury has now held him responsible for his conduct,” U.S. Attorney Corey F. Ellis said. “We are grateful to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office for their work in disrupting and dismantling this criminal enterprise. Along with our federal, state, and local partners, we will continue to prioritize the prosecution of those who profit from the deadly drugs they bring into our communities.
“The DEA’s mission is unwavering – we relentlessly pursue drug traffickers who distribute dangerous drugs like cocaine in our communities,” said Robert J. Murphy, DEA Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge. “These drugs cause immeasurable harm. The DEA and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting and serving these communities. »
“We so appreciate the partnerships we have with the state and federal agencies that resulted in a conviction for this case. We are grateful to the deputies who initiated this investigation and for their outstanding work,” the county sheriff said. Aiken, Michael Hunt “We will continue to do what we can to stop the distribution of illegal narcotics by working with our law enforcement partners and our community.”
Evidence presented by the government at trial established that beginning around 2015, several drug dealers in the Conway and Myrtle Beach area began paying Gregg between $1,000 and $1,500 to recover kilograms of cocaine and drugs. heroin from supply sources in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Atlanta, Georgia, and bring the drugs back to South Carolina, where they were broken down for further distribution.
The existence of the conspiracy was revealed in a court-sanctioned wiretap conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration during the summer of 2020, which intercepted communications from three target phones that were in contact with dozens of traffickers. drugs in the Pee Dee. Further investigation into the inner workings of the criminal enterprise led officers to piece together that Gregg had once been caught during a traffic stop transporting ½ kilogram of cocaine from Atlanta to Conway during a drug supply run for the organization.
Evidence showed that on October 9, 2019, at 8:19 p.m., two deputies from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Prohibition Unit stopped Gregg on the shoulder of Interstate 20 near Aiken in due to violation of window tint. Dashboard and body cameras of the arrest showed that upon entering Gregg’s credentials into a car-mounted computer, deputies learned he had an outstanding warrant for a crime without relationship with Georgetown County. Deputies also walked a drug detection dog around Gregg’s vehicle during the stop, and the dog indicated a positive alert for narcotics.
When deputies tried to hold Gregg to search his vehicle, he ran and tried to get into his vehicle to flee. A roadside struggle ensued for more than five minutes as dozens of passenger vehicles and commercial trucks sped past them at highway speeds of less than five feet. During that scuffle, the video captured Gregg telling deputies they “should kill him” to detain him.
After Gregg’s arrest, deputies searched his vehicle and found 500.9 grams of cocaine. After being checked by EMS at the roadside, Gregg admitted that he was delivering cocaine from an individual in Atlanta to another individual in Conway. In the months that followed, he also admitted his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy to DEA agents.
At trial, Gregg testified that he did not know what he was carrying and that he believed that on an earlier occasion he had carried beauty products for the beauty salon of a co-conspirator’s wife. . He said he fought the deputies because he felt intimidated during the traffic stop and accused the officers of lying about statements he made during his interviews. Several other members of the conspiracy who had previously pleaded guilty testified as witnesses. They each said that Gregg knew he was carrying cocaine and had been doing it for them for several years. They said the ½ kilogram of cocaine Gregg was carrying was worth around $25,000.
The jury quickly returned a guilty verdict.
United States District Judge Sherri A. Lydon presided over the trial and will sentence Gregg after receiving and reviewing a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the United States Probation Office. Gregg faces 5 to 40 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine. He also faces at least four years of court-ordered post-prison supervision.
The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy United States Attorneys Everett McMillian, lead task force counsel for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF), and Katie Stoughton, who is Chief of the Bureau’s Appeals Division , continued the case. The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach focused on intelligence, which leverages the forces of federal authorities, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.