GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A former Spartanburg County magistrate has been sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for his role in a drug scandal that also involved a former clerk of court.
Authorities say John Truman Poole, Jr. was sentenced Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. He had previously pleaded guilty.
Authorities say Poole, former court clerk Marcus Kitchens and a third man hatched a plan to take drugs from the Spartanburg County courthouse evidence room to Florida for sale. The third man drove the drugs to Florida in April 2009 and received $3,000, which was divided among the three.
An informant told agents about the sale. Marcus Kitchens has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.