South Carolina Man Sentenced to 40 Years on Distribution of Methamphetamine, International Money Laundering, Gun Charges

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Meth lab on a garage work bench consisting of a plastic bottle, a chemical sprayer, and jars of solvents

ABINGDON, Va. – A Greenville, South Carolina man was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine, international money laundering, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Joshua Joseph Desorcy, 37 of Greenville, SC, pleaded guilty in October 2021 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.

According to court documents, beginning in 2020, Desorcy was responsible for coordinating the importation of methamphetamine shipments by directing his co-conspirators to make numerous trips to Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, to pick up large quantities of methamphetamine from accomplices in those cities who acted as conduit from various sources in Mexico. Desorcy coordinated these pickups by directing the wiring of funds to various recipients in Mexico as identified by indicted co-conspirator, Amy Deanna Cobb, 35 of Seneca, SC.

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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Murphy is prosecuting the case.