COLUMBIA — A federal magistrate judge has arraigned Rory Severin, William Scott Powell, Chad Edward Moore, Marie Higgins, and Angel Miranda Luna on federal narcotics and firearms charges.
A federal grand jury has charged these individuals with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute in excess of 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney William N. Nettles said.
Chad Edward Moore, 42, also has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm, and Powell, 40, Moore, 36-year-old Higgins, and Miranda Luna, 24, have been charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking charge.
The investigation culminated on two dates: April 22, 2014, and May 5, 2014. On April 22, 2014, law enforcement officers arrested Severin, Powell, Moore and Higgins, and seized in excess of two pounds of methamphetamine and four firearms.
On May 5, 2014, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle which Luna Miranda was driving in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. After arresting Luna Miranda, officers seized approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine, $90,000 in cash, and a firearm Luna Miranda was using in his residence to protect the drugs and drug proceeds.
If convicted on the charges in the indictment, the defendants face 10 years to life imprisonment.
The Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations, Douglasville (Ga.) Police Department, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.