BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The highest-ranking member of the local Bloods gang in Brunswick County was sentenced Wednesday to 29 years in prison.
Nicholas Shamar Griffin, 40, pled guilty in February to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, and aiding and abetting.
In 2017 and 2018, Griffin was determined to be a major supplier of substances in Brunswick County.
Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop in July 2018. Griffin and his two passengers appeared nervous, according to a United States Attorney Eastern District press release.
After exiting the vehicle, one passenger dropped two baggies containing 55.8 grams of cocaine and kicked them away. Griffin told officers the cocaine was his. Months later in Sept. 2018, Griffin shot someone in the back after getting into a gang-related argument, according to the release.
He then fled to South Carolina and was arrested in North Myrtle Beach in late November 2018.
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