Columbia man pleads guilty to federal gun, drug charges

dprice@thestate.comJanuary 8, 2013 

— A Columbia man pleaded guilty to federal drug and gun charges Tuesday.

Thirty-eight-year-old Gregory Lamont Rawls, also known as “G” and “Bobby,” faces up to 45 years in prison and $2.25 million in fines after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Rawls was arrested at his Bronx Road home in December 2011 after Columbia Police got a tip that drugs were being sold there. Rawls let the officers in the home, where they found heroin, scales, packaging, and a .45-caliber handgun.

Under federal law, Rawls is prohibited from owning a handgun because he had prior state convictions for crimes including armed robbery, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, failure to stop for blue lights and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within the proximity to a school.

The case was investigated by the Columbia Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Project CeaseFire, a multi-jurisdictional initiative that focuses on gun cases.

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