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Federal judge sentences gang leaders to lengthy prison terms

March 21, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Nine defendants -- six of whom were current or former members of a street gang -- were sentenced in Federal court in Florence Tuesday.

United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks, during the hearing, described the gang as one of the most dangerous criminal organizations the federal government has prosecuted in the Florence and Myrtle Beach areas in many years, according to a release issued by the US Attorney’s Office on the sentencing.

The court sentenced Barbara Landy, 27, to 210 months in prison as the “leader” in charge of the gang, who communicated direction with a national leader who is jailed in the Western US, according to the release.

Joshua Randall, 31, was sentenced to 195 months in federal prison as a lieutenant in the gang who reported directly to Landy and who and sold kilogram quantities of heroin and/or fentanyl to customers in the Myrtle Beach and Florence areas, according to the release.

Lee Tracy Riggins, 27, was sentenced to 120 months for participating in the gang’s drug distribution and firearms distributing network, according to the release.

“The remaining defendants sentenced were either lower level members of the street gang or non-gang members. Stanley Weaver, Brandon Randall, Jerrick Thomas, Dominique Chatman, Douglas Hart, and Joey Sinclair garnered combined sentences of 130 months, ranging from 35 months in federal prison to time served,” according to the release.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, DEA, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Police Department, Myrtle Beach Police Department, North Myrtle Beach Police Department, 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Georgetown Police Department.