FLORENCE, S.C. -- A Florence man faces a possible life sentence in a federal prison after he was convicted by a jury Wednesday of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, according to release from the US Attorney's office.
The 12-person jury deliberated for a day and a half before it found Gregory Bernard Gibson, 44, guilty on two of the three counts with which he was charged, according to the release.
Gibson was arrested following a Florence traffic stop initiated by a Florence County Sheriff’s Deputy.
"After Gibson stopped, the deputy cautiously approached Gibson’s driver side window and proceeded with the traffic stop. While standing next to Gibson’s driver side window, the deputy smelled marijuana," according to the release. "Another deputy arrived on scene, and they searched the car and found a loaded firearm in the center console. Directly behind the center console, they found a backpack containing cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, a cutting agent, multiple plastic baggies, and a digital scale with white and green residue."
"Inside a void underneath the cup holder area, they found a large piece of crack cocaine and 300 tablets of methamphetamine," according to the release.
Gibson faces 15 years to life in federal prison.