COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today Hendrick “Tony” Cousar (33) was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison. Cousar had previously been convicted after a trial of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine (Title 21, United States Code, Section 846). Mr. Nettles stated that based on the substantial drug weight found by the jury and Cousar’s prior drug convictions, Cousar was sentenced to a mandatory 20-year sentence by United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson.
Evidence presented at sentencing and during the trial from law enforcement and cooperating citizens showed that Cousar distributed substantial quantities of crack cocaine in and around Rock Hill, South Carolina. In 2004, Cousar was arrested, and subsequently convicted by York County, for the distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine in close proximity to a park. After being released from custody, Cousar resumed supplying crack cocaine. Law enforcement caught up with Cousar again when, in May 2011, agents utilized a cooperating citizen to make two controlled buys of crack cocaine from Cousar’s crack cocaine organization. Following his arrest on May 11, 2011, Cousar admitted to agents that over the last year he had been supplying hundreds of grams of crack cocaine in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Two of Cousar’s co-conspirators, George Gore and Laventa Murray, earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and each was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
The case was investigated primarily by Chester County Sheriff’s Office, York County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, State Law Enforcement Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay N. Richardson.