Three Midlands men have been sentenced to prison in a cocaine distribution case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office annouced today.
Shaquan Hines, 34, and Lonnie Jacobs, 34, both of Hopkins, and Avery Sumter, 30, of Columbia were sentenced Friday in federal court. Hines and Sumter were sentenced to 23 months for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, while Jacobs was sentenced to 15 months for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Each defendant also will serve a term of supervised release after prison, according to a news release.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Nov. 16, 2010, Hines, Sumter and Jacobs conspired with each other to commit an armed robbery of more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. But agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — which investigated the case — were able to infiltrate the crew, leading to the arrests of the defendants.
Hines and Sumter were found with a 9 millimeter handgun and a .45 caliber handgun at the time of their arrests, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
An investigation showed the “robbery crew,” which the U.S. Attorney’s Office said was led by Hines, had committed similar robberies of other drug dealers in the Columbia area.