Summerville man gets 12 years for drug, gun, money-laundering charges

Hadden Smith

A Summerville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for federal charges involving drugs, guns and money laundering.

Hadden Andre Smith, 26, of Westbrook Road, was sentenced by U.S. Judge David Norton on charges he previously pleaded guilty to of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug- trafficking crime and conspiracy to launder money.

During a search at Smith’s residence, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputies found $248,000 cash, about 4 pounds of marijuana, two firearms and drug-packaging paraphernalia, according to a media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Further investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation division revealed that Smith used drug proceeds to purchase several vehicles, while having the vehicle titles put in the names of third parties.

Smith agreed to forfeit the $248,000 seized from his residence, the release states. He also must serve four years on probation once released from prison.

“The laundering of illegal drug profits is as important and essential to drug traffickers as the very distribution of their illegal drugs,” stated Thomas Holloman, IRS special agent in charge. “Without these ill-gotten gains, the traffickers could not finance their organizations. IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to taking the profit away from the drug traffickers and putting those individuals in jail.”

The case was investigated by agents of the IRS, Drug Enforcement Administration and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.

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