Rapper SME Buddha busted with 2 kilos of heroin pleads guilty in court

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Charleston, South Carolina — Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced today that Edmund Dechane Holmes, a/k/a “Buddha SME,” 30, of Georgetown, has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin.  Holmes’s case had been scheduled for trial in January 2022 until the change of plea this week.

Evidence presented to the Court showed that in the months leading up to August 2018, Holmes maintained an apartment in Columbia for the purpose of storing and distributing kilogram quantities of heroin.  Authorities learned of his scheme after responding to a call about a disturbance at the address.  Once there, officers from the Columbia Police Department obtained a search warrant based upon a small amount of drugs that were found in plain view.

During the search of a back bedroom, they located approximately 1.9 kilograms of black tar heroin along with other drug distribution paraphernalia such as a kilogram-size drug press, bulk money packaging supplies, and items used for mixing and cutting drugs. Holmes left behind several items proving his identity and acquired a renter’s insurance policy on the unit in his own name.

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At the time of search, Holmes was serving a five-year term of federal supervised release after having recently been released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for a 2013 federal conviction for distribution of heroin. Holmes now faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

“Those who continue to push poison in their communities after serving prison sentences for these crimes deserve swift and severe punishments. That will happen in this case, and this office will continue to aggressively prosecute repeat offenders,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart. “I commend our federal and state partners who helped make sure Holmes will spend at least a decade in federal prison, and who seized lethal drugs that would otherwise have ended up on the streets of South Carolina.”

“The severe punishment Holmes faces correctly reflects the criminal activities he engaged in,” said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Field Division. “He continuously poisoned the community with heroin despite having been arrested previously for heroin distribution. The guilty plea removes yet another dangerous criminal from our streets and sends a clear message to others who may be tempted to distribute this insidious drug: DEA and its law enforcement partners will relentlessly pursue and ultimately prosecute criminals like Holmes.”

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In addition to a mandatory minimum of 10 years, Holmes faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. He also faces a fine of $10,000,000, at least five years of additional supervision to follow the term of imprisonment, and restitution. United States District Judge David C. Norton accepted the guilty plea and will sentence Holmes after receiving and reviewing a sentencing report prepared by the United States Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the DEA, with assistance from the Columbia Police Department and Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Everett McMillian and Whit Sowards are prosecuting the case.


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