COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Teams of FBI and SLED agents arrested Lee County Sheriff Edgar Jerome Melvin and six others early Saturday morning on federal drug conspiracy charges.
Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin F. McDonald, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI David Thomas, and SLED Director Reggie Lloyd said federal and state agents arrested Sheriff “E.J.” Melvin, 47, Brenda LaShawn Ellerby, 26, Antonio Holloman, 23, Larry Williams, 51, Eric Andre Hickman, 34, Anthony Lee Williams, 37, and Sheldon Maurice Bradley, 24, all of Bishopville.
Melvin and the others arrested Saturday are charged with conspiracy since 2006 to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.
Melvin has served as sheriff for Lee County since 2001. In an interesting twist, WIS News 10 cameras actually followed Melvin on a 2004 drug raid in Lee County for the very same drugs he’s accused of dealing with.
None of the other people arrested are affiliated with the sheriff’s department, according to McDonald.
The federal arrest warrants were issued earlier this week under seal, and will remain sealed until the defendants make an initial appearance in federal court in Columbia on Monday. Because the matter is sealed, officials said no further information concerning the case will be made available until the seal is lifted in
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