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S.C. sheriff arrested on drug charges

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COLUMBIA - A South Carolina sheriff was among nine people arrested today 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 5 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 began in 2006.

None of the eight other people arrested - Brenda LaShawn Ellerby, Antonio Holloman, Larry Williams, Eric Andre Hickman, Anthony Lee Williams and Sheldon Maurice Bradley, all of Bishopville - were identified as sheriff's department employees or public officials.

No other information about the case was immediately available, and court documents are sealed, McDonald said.

Melvin and the other people arrested are scheduled to appear in federal court in Columbia on Monday, McDonald said. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys, and there was no answer at the Lee County sheriff's office in Bishopville.

"The law-abiding people of Lee County expect their sheriff to likewise observe and uphold the law," McDonald said in a news release today. "When he fails to do that, and indeed commits crimes as we have alleged in this case, the citizens are his victims."

If convicted, Melvin and the other eight people arrested could face at least 10 years in prison and up to $4 million in fines.

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jack
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jack 05/01/10 - 11:52 am
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Lock the scumbags up and

Lock the scumbags up and throw away the keys. HOw many kids have they ruined with their drugs?

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 05/01/10 - 12:00 pm
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One less powerful drug dealer

One less powerful drug dealer off the street! AMEN!

scopinion
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scopinion 05/01/10 - 12:16 pm
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Sometimes the law are the

Sometimes the law are the worst criminals, they have a badge & can get away with crimes.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/01/10 - 01:09 pm
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Scopinion, This article and

Scopinion, This article and others proves your post inacurate. There are plenty of excellent law enforcement officers and they are the ones who actaully arrest those who go astray. With today's technology, cameras everywhere, etc. it make it even easier to "catch the bad guy" even when he/she carries a badge. He is just as much or more of a thug than others and certainly deserves the strictest punishment possible if he is guilty.

sliique
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sliique 05/01/10 - 01:14 pm
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OH, perish the thought! A

OH, perish the thought! A crooked cop? John Q. Citizen will NEVER believe it.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/02/10 - 11:57 pm
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Echoes of Ralph TYRONE

Echoes of Ralph TYRONE Williams.

Lonewuf
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Lonewuf 05/01/10 - 01:58 pm
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They'll have FUN with him in

They'll have FUN with him in prison.

myopinion3
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myopinion3 05/01/10 - 03:08 pm
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would love to know who

would love to know who arrested him? who put the cuffs on him.Someone once told me only the coroner can arrest sherriff in Richmond county..doesnt sound logical but its somethin I have heard

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/01/10 - 03:16 pm
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For the most part, any law

For the most part, any law enforcement officer can detain a Sheriff and without state/feds involved, the coroner would be the one to arrest him/her. However, in state/federal matters such as the one above, a state agency or federal agency can certainly arrest the Sheriff.

justus4
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justus4 05/01/10 - 05:04 pm
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This has a ring of "set-up"
Unpublished

This has a ring of "set-up" to the informed observer based on the documents being so-called "sealed" which means U can't prove your inocence. The entire area is probably a good 'ol boy club and justice is based on who U know. Or, this sheriff was on course for some higher office and the fear of that development was too much for U know who. That sheriff had better get some OUTSIDE feds to come in because he has no chance at all.

the_source
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the_source 05/01/10 - 05:05 pm
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Newspaper headlines all

Newspaper headlines all throughout SC: "Sheriff E.J. Melvin to Wed Bubba, Honeymoon in Rikers". *LMAO!

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/01/10 - 06:28 pm
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Well, as always, I thought to

Well, as always, I thought to see what U know who thought about the arrest; Justus seems to always have a ...peculiar... viewpoint, so I thought I'd google the man in question and see what was being said away from our racist contributor, and here's what I found:

"Melvin and his posse are scheduled to appear in federal court in Columbia Monday, McDonald said. If convicted, Melvin and the other eight people arrested could face at least 10 years in prison and up to $4 million in fines. This is a real disgrace. The sheriff, who is supposed to uphold the law and protect the community, is doing the opposite. He's breaking the law. What a dirtbag."

"Dirtbag?". . ."disgrace?" that's harsh. And, "posse," a bit judgemental?. . . And what right-wing, bigoted, white supremacist posted that bit of vituperation? Look for yourself at:

http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com/2010/05/south-carolina-sheriff...

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/01/10 - 07:45 pm
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His drug dealing is a small

His drug dealing is a small time, petty crime compared to the GRAND THEFT the Democrats are committing on ALL of us taxpayers right now.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 05/02/10 - 12:17 am
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myopinion3, unless something

myopinion3, unless something changed, that's true. The Coroner is the only one who can arrest the Sheriff, and I believe he has to act as Sheriff until the position is filled. I don't know about SC, but that's how it works in GA.

mdb67
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mdb67 05/02/10 - 09:38 am
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Protect and Serve....yeah

Protect and Serve....yeah right!! Have fun in prison!

AGR354
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AGR354 05/02/10 - 10:11 am
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Maybe now the Lee County

Maybe now the Lee County Speed Trap on I-20 will closed down.

In South Carolina the only people in a county who can arrest a Sheriff is the Coroner and a Game Warden.

disssman
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disssman 05/02/10 - 04:15 pm
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If convicted, he will be

If convicted, he will be sentenced to a U.S. facility where he will be limited to three golf games a day and it will have a 4 foot wood fence. The others will of course have to serve time in the big house.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/02/10 - 06:22 pm
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pardon me for my snobbery,
Unpublished

pardon me for my snobbery, but racism is exclusively a caucasian fault. if this trait is exhibited by any other ethnic group, it is simply considered a privilege and benefit of the voting rights act of 1965. if you, as a caucasian, reside in the "confines" of the south or the state of arizona, you have no right to question another ethnicity's use of derogatory or imflammatory verbage. long live "the American way".

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/02/10 - 11:51 pm
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What??? Are you being

What??? Are you being sarcastic? You're kidding right?

robbie1
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robbie1 05/03/10 - 10:22 am
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I believe he was being

I believe he was being sarcastic. Justus... I have to wonder what you base your opinion on. FBI involved with search warrants and more arrests expected. Sealing documents is to protect informants. They are sealed from the press, not the defense. This doesn't smell like a set up to me. Since you are an "informed" person, please enlighten us. Either way, the gentleman is not a scumbag to be thrown away till he's convicted.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 05/07/10 - 01:05 pm
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I love all of Justus' cloak

I love all of Justus' cloak and dagger conspiracy theories. Although, while they are fun to laugh at I am kind of sad for him being so very paranoid all the time. Life should be enjoyed and not a big scary daily trial...

Its always a disappointment when we hear about an officer abusing the laws that he has sworn to uphold. If found guilty I hope he has the book thrown at him.

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