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United States v. Williams

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Florence Division

April 19, 2018

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
SHAREEF WILLIAMS, Defendant.

          FINAL ORDER OF FORFEITURE

          Carolina R. Bryan Harwell United States District Judge

         This matter is before the court upon the United States' motion for a Final Order of Forfeiture as to Shareef Williams (“Defendant”), who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and laundering of monetary instruments. A Preliminary Order of Forfeiture was filed on September 15, 2017. (ECF. No. 64). The record in this case establishes the following:

         1. On May 23, 2017, a federal grand jury in this district returned an Indictment in which the Defendant was charged with drug trafficking, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 846; money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956; and firearm offenses, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).

         2. The Indictment provided that upon the Defendant's conviction, certain property enumerated therein, or equivalent substitute assets, would be subject to forfeiture to the United States pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(d) and 982(a)(1), 21 U.S.C. §§ 853 and 881, and 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c).

         3. On September 8, 2017, Williams pled guilty to one count of drug trafficking and one count of money laundering.

         4. Based upon the Defendant's conviction, and other matters appearing in the record, the court issued a Preliminary Order of Forfeiture determining that the below-described property is subject to forfeiture, in that such property constituted, was involved in and/or derived from proceeds the Defendant obtained as a result of the offense of conviction. The court further found that the Defendant has an interest in such property, and that the property is subject to forfeiture to the United States pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 982(a)(1), 21 U.S.C. §§ 853 and 881, and 28 U.S.C.§ 2461(c).

         5. The court further found in the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture that the government has established the requisite nexus between the said property subject to forfeiture and the offenses for which the Defendant were convicted, and that property is therefore forfeited to the United States pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 982(a)(1) 21 U.S.C. §§ 853 and 881, and 28 U.S.C.§ 2461(c), subject to the provisions of 21 U.S.C. § 853(n) governing third-party rights.

         6. The court further found in the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture that the United States is entitled to a judgment of forfeiture and possession of the said property to 21 U.S.C. § 853(g) and Rule 32.2 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

         7. On September 15, 2017, the court entered the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture, and forfeited all of the Defendant's right, title, and interest in the following property to the United States:

Real Property:
1644 Long Shadow Lane
Columbia, SC 29223
Parcel No. 16815-07-03
Titled in the name of: Tangela ...

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