April 4, 2023

Greenville Man Sentenced to Prison for Gun and Drug Crimes

Darkhorse Press

A Greenville man was sentenced today to more than 5 years in prison for drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession.

According to court documents, Bobby Buchanan, 44, previously pled guilty to one count of distribution of narcotics and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The narcotics charge arose out of Buchanan’s sale of 100 ecstasy pills to a confidential informant. Buchanan, who is a prior convicted felon, was found in possession of a handgun when he was arrested on drug charges. Buchanan was subsequently charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Buchanan was sentenced today by United States District Judge Glen Davidson to 67 months in prison. Buchanan will serve a three-year term of supervision upon his release from prison. Following sentencing, Buchanan was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

“Today’s sentence is another step towards making our neighborhoods and communities safer for all,” stated U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “We will continue to work with the Greenville Police Department and our law enforcement partners to make sure that individuals who choose to commit gun crimes or distribute illicit drugs are held accountable for their criminal acts and the damage they do to their community.”

Commenting on the sentence, Greenville Police Chief Marcus Turner remarked, “We would first like to thank the Special Operations Division, officers of the Greenville Police Department, and the U. S. Attorney’s Office for a job well done. This conviction is only a small portion of the body of work that we have ahead of us in fighting drug and gun violence in our community. As we move forward, we will continue to diligently work together to ensure the safety of all citizens.”

This case was investigated by the Greenville Police Department. AUSA Robert Mims prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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