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A 25-year-old Salters man arrested in Myrtle Beach last year was recently sentenced to six years in prison.

Travis Chatman II pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.

U.S. District Judge Mary G. Lewis sentenced Chatman to 72 months and one day in federal prison to be followed by five years of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on Aug. 30, 2018, a task force officer with ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and officers with the Myrtle Beach Police’s SWAT team and street crimes unit executed a search warrant at a hotel room in Myrtle Beach.

Both Chatman and his girlfriend were in the room when the warrant was executed.

Officers found two firearms during the search. One of the guns was stolen and the other had an obliterated serial number.

Police also located heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, meth, alprazolam tablets, razor blades, plastic baggies, two scales, $2,650 in cash, bond paperwork in Chatman’s name and cellphones.

U.S. District Judge Mary G. Lewis sentenced Chatman to 72 months and one day in federal prison to be followed by five years of court-ordered supervision.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Hummel prosecuted the case.

The case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local initiative Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the release said.

PSN is an evidence-based program and part of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction effort. Stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and come up with solutions. The strategy includes focusing enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime, the release said.

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