Two men have pleaded guilty in a heroin conspiracy that was investigated with the help of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
U.S. Attorney Beth Drake stated that 47-year-old Michael “Glove” Glover and 43-year-old Jihad Salahadeen Pollard, both formerly of Columbia, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
Glover also pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy.
Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of Columbia accepted the pleas and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence investigation reports, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Glover and Pollard were two of 10 defendants charged in April 2014 following a series of court-authorized, DEA-monitored wiretaps over several telephones in the Columbia area.
The investigation revealed that a group of individuals in the Columbia area were obtaining heroin from various sources outside of South Carolina and then distributing it in the Midlands.
Evidence indicated that the suppliers were initially getting the heroin in packages from India. Several packages destined for Columbia and containing heroin were intercepted by law enforcement during the investigation.
Evidence further showed that the co-defendants later obtained heroin in New York and transported it back to Columbia where it was distributed. The New York heroin suppliers were charged and convicted in the Eastern District of New York for their role in the heroin conspiracy.
Glover and Pollard were fugitives until their arrests this past summer in Texas, where they were living under false identities.
Six of their co-defendants were arrested in 2014 and pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug conspiracy in South Carolina and were sentenced in 2015 as follows:
• Eric “E” Shawn Bradley, 50, of Columbia, was sentenced to 17 and a half years imprisonment with eight years of supervised release.
• Kenneth Crawford, 44, of Washington, D.C., and formerly of Columbia, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with eight years of supervised release.
• Charles Bradley, 35, of Columbia was sentenced to almost five years imprisonment with six years of supervised release to follow.
• Anthony Glover, 43, of Columbia was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with eight years of supervised release to follow.
• Larry Bookman, 64, of Columbia was sentenced to more than five years imprisonment with six years of supervised release.
• Jessany Lyons, 27, of Far Rockaway, New York, was sentenced to more than three years imprisonment with three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by a the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Task Force, which includes a number of federal, state and local agencies. It includes the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey D. Haynes prosecuted the case.