Latta Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Crime

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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at
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FLORENCE, S.C. — Tyquan Raheem Bellamy, 30, of Sellers, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on Jan. 15, 2022, officers with Latta Police Department made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Bellamy. As they approached the vehicle, officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed a trash bag between Bellamy’s feet. A search of the vehicle revealed that the trash bag contained approximately 25 grams of marijuana divided amongst several baggies. Officers also found in the car a loaded 9mm handgun with an extended magazine and two additional magazines, and pills which contained methamphetamine and fentanyl. 

Chief United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Tyquan Raheem Bellamy to 180 months imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case involving Tyquan Raheem Bellamy was investigated by Latta Police Department, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Flynn is prosecuting the case.

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