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Unbelievable... FYI, Lee County is one of the smallest (geographically and population) counties in SC along with one of the poorest. Such a sad situation.
From The State, Columbia, SC; 5/1/10
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina sheriff was among seven people arrested Saturday and charged with drug distribution, federal authorities said.
Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin, 47, was arrested and charged with drug conspiracy, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald.
Melvin and the others are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, authorities said.
Melvin has been sheriff since 2001. McDonald says the drug conspiracy has been ongoing since 2006.
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