2 Sumter men plead guilty to federal drug, firearms charges

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 5/16/18

Two Sumter men were sentenced in federal court in Columbia after they pleaded guilty earlier this year to various firearm and drug charges.

Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Brandon Leroid Cummings, 28, to 108 months of …

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Two Sumter men were sentenced in federal court in Columbia after they pleaded guilty earlier this year to various firearm and drug charges.

Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Brandon Leroid Cummings, 28, to 108 months of imprisonment with six years of supervised release and sentenced Brandon Christopher Craft, 31, to 63 months of imprisonment with three years of supervised release.

According to a news release from United States Attorney Beth Drake, Cummings is charged with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and crack cocaine, and conspiracy to use, carry or possess a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Craft was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy to use, carry of possess a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence presented in court established Cummings distributed crack cocaine and four baggies of heroin to a confidential informant and undercover officer in exchange for $400 in Sumter on May 17, 2017. The incident was recorded on audio and video.

On May 25, 2017, Cummings, accompanied by Craft, made arrangements to sell a firearm and heroin to the same informant and undercover officer in exchange for $800.

Craft produced a Taurus .38 caliber revolver from a bag hidden in his waistband during the meeting and gave the weapon to the informant.

An investigation revealed the firearm had been reported stolen and that the heroin was actually cocaine.

Cummings has prior state convictions for possession with distribution of marijuana, two counts of possession of crack cocaine and a second offense of possession of a schedule I and schedule II controlled substance.

Craft has prior state convictions for two counts of second degree burglary, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm, second degree assault and battery, and two counts of forgery.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and Sumter County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted as part of Project CeaseFire, a joint federal, state and local initiative focused on aggressively prosecuting firearm cases in an effort to reduce violent crime.

Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.