State prisoner couple sentenced to federal jail for drug trafficking

An inmate in a South Carolina prison is headed to federal prison for what he did with illegal cell phones, as is his co-defendant.

Ryan, Zachariah In November 2021, Luke was imprisoned for “various drug and firearm offenses,” and federal prosecutors claimed he used the phones to speak with Evin Rae Davenport, “who assisted him in acquiring and selling illegal drugs on the street.”

He allegedly directed her three times to deliver cocaine to a Florida-based dealer.

One of those occasions, outside a South Carolina business, involved nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine. The dealer was then pulled down for a traffic infraction in St. Augustine, but instead led deputies on a chase.

The pilot of a police aircraft watching the chase noticed “an object being thrown from the car and directed another deputy,” who then discovered a rucksack containing “approximately 985.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine that laboratory testing later revealed was 100% pure.”

The dealer was finally apprehended, and prison officers “seized multiple cellphones from Luke, which he was not permitted to possess in prison.”

“Investigators searched those phones and recovered text communications with both Davenport and the Florida-based dealer, concerning when, where, and from whom drugs were to be supplied and delivered.”

Luke, 28, pled guilty in August; Davenport, 32, pleaded guilty in September; and the dealer was not identified.

Luke was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing detectable amounts of methamphetamine. At the same court, Davenport was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the same offense.

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