Area marijuana smuggler sentenced to more than 18 years

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Beaufort

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Feb 21, 2008
 
Area marijuana smuggler sentenced to more than 18 years

Feb 21, 2008

CHARLESTON -- A former Hilton Head Islander who lived the good life for years was sentenced for running a marijuana smuggling operation in which he sank tons of pot to the ocean floor and later brought it to the surface using smaller boats, global-positioning units and scuba gear.

It was the biggest marijuana importation scheme in coastal South Carolina since the late 1970s, when "Operation Jackpot" caught people smuggling drugs to barrier islands throughout the state, according to Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner.

Garry C. Chupurdy, 58, of Thunderbolt, Ga., and Hilton Head, SC pleaded guilty to four federal charges related to drug smuggling and money laundering and was sentenced Tuesday to more than 18 years in prison.

http://www.beaufortgazette.com/174/story/1984...
hosie

Summerville, SC

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Jun 30, 2008
 
is he the last suspect or are they more? what about kathy childs
hosie

Summerville, SC

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Jun 30, 2008
 
whats the key west conection to operation jackpot.
hosie

Summerville, SC

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Jun 30, 2008
 
who is J. B. Martin and John Martin?
hosie

Summerville, SC

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Jun 30, 2008
 
who was the senitor involved? sounds like this storie is far from having been told. What do you think??????????
hosie

Summerville, SC

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Jun 30, 2008
 
whats the washington DC conection??????????
Ted Schiffley

La Grange, IL

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Aug 5, 2008
 
hosie wrote:
is he the last suspect or are they more? what about kathy childs
Whatever happened to Barry Foy and Thomas Rhoad?
SC Native

Winnsboro, SC

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Sep 4, 2008
 
Ted Schiffley wrote:
<quoted text>Whatever happened to Barry Foy and Thomas Rhoad?
Barry lives in Charleston--Tom Rhoad died of a brain tumor.
hosie

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Nov 28, 2009
 
tell me more about what happen to the old smugglers.
hosie

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Nov 28, 2009
 
i would like to know about the teacher who wanted to write the story. but for some reason did not?
operation jackpot member

Merrillville, IN

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Jan 6, 2010
 
SC Native wrote:
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Barry lives in Charleston--Tom Rhoad died of a brain tumor.
knew both of them well i'd like to say hi to flash can you contact him? tell him it is an old friend of rolex and rauol
danhhi

Irmo, SC

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Apr 27, 2010
 
rolex was working for me when he had the brain tumor, but he did'nt die from that. As far as I know he is in columbia with his dad.
Frank Wilson

Rozet, WY

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#14
Apr 30, 2010
 
What could be a more blatant example of the abuse of power and the waste of tax dollars than the government's continuing war on a simple plant that has incredible medical benefits and in no way represents a threat to people anywhere on this planet? Anyone against socialism should be against this unconstitutional intrusion of the government into individual Americans' private lives.
Sam - western nc

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Jul 19, 2010
 
A local businessman here in western nc just got 5-7 years for killing an employee - 2nd degree murder.
This is a victimless offense and he gets more than a murderer? Go figure, this is justice?
RKJR

Greensboro, NC

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Jul 20, 2010
 
The name of the book is-- Low Country Boil-- just basic info and speculation
Randy S

Augusta, GA

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Jul 26, 2010
 
Those were the good ole days!!!! You faced a max. Fed. penalty of 5 yrs. for any amount of pot when I started. However, Barry, Slick, Riley,Harvey and others were prosecuted under CCE Fed. Statutes. Continuing Criminal Enterprise (848)which had a 10 yr. minimum sentence. Anybody heard from Cooper Walls or Woody Welch?
Rhoad Family

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Sep 7, 2010
 
Tom died in March of 2005 from a brain bleed (he lived 2 years after his first cerebral hemorrhage)
danhhi wrote:
rolex was working for me when he had the brain tumor, but he did'nt die from that. As far as I know he is in columbia with his dad.
Mary Thomas

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Nov 16, 2011
 
I'm sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I was married to Bob Forbes during the "operation jackpot" days. The Rhoad family welcomed me into their lovely home in Branchville while I was dealing with moving back to SC after living in CA.
Sheik Yerbouti

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Dec 2, 2011
 
Pretty weird priorities. A man is sentenced to 18 years for importing a harmless plant and predatory sociopaths like preston oates are walking around free!
randy s

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Dec 3, 2011
 
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
Pretty weird priorities. A man is sentenced to 18 years for importing a harmless plant and predatory sociopaths like pr
eston oates are walking around free!
There is a new book called Jackpot by Jason Ryan. It is mostly Barry and Les' version of accounts.

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