Columbia Couple Sentenced in Federal Court on Drug Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 25, 2014|
COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Ivan B. Moore, a/k/a “AI,” and Shannon Yvette Moore, both of Columbia, South Carolina, were sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina. Ivan Moore pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base. Shannon Moore pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Columbia sentenced Ivan Moore to 300 months’ (25 years) incarceration, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. Shannon Moore was sentenced to 120 months’ (10 years) incarceration, followed by four years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Ivan Moore was a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine dealer in the Columbia area. Moore bought and sold multi-kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine primarily operating in the Ames Road area of Columbia. His wife, Shannon Moore, helped in his drug business. In addition to selling crack cocaine, Shannon Moore also drove Ivan during some of his drug deals and also traveled to California to make purchases of cocaine to ship back to Columbia to further the conspiracy.
The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.