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10/26/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2021 07:08

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine, International Money Laundering, Gun Charges

ABINGDON, Va. - A Greenville, South Carolina man, who formerly resided in Bristol, Virginia, pleaded guilty last week to distributing methamphetamine, international money laundering, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and conspiring to obstruct justice.

According to court documents, Joshua Desorcy, 36, was directly responsible for coordinating the importation of methamphetamine shipments through a source of supply in Mexico.

Desorcy directed his co-conspirators to make numerous trips to Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, in 2020 and 2021 to pick up large quantities of methamphetamine from sources of supply in those cities. Desorcy coordinated these pickups by directing the wiring of funds to various recipients in Mexico as identified by indicted co-conspirator Amy Cobb.

Desorcy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering with the intent to promote the carrying on of a specified unlawful activity, one count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of conspiring to obstruct justice. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 9, 2022. The defendant has agreed to a sentencing range of 35-40 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia, Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF's Washington Field Division, and Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the DEA's Washington Division made the announcement.

The Drug Enforcement Administration as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Murphy is prosecuting the case.