Facing drug charges, SC court clerk resigns

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina clerk of court has resigned after being charged with taking drugs from an evidence room and then selling them.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Marcus Kitchens resigned as Spartanburg County clerk of court.

Kitchens was arrested this week after making a $3,000 payment to a man who he thought would find a buyer for the drugs. Agents say the middleman told the Drug Enforcement Administration where he got the drugs.

Kitchens is charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Kitchens in 2003 when Mark Hammond stepped down to become secretary of state. A spokesman says Sanford is working on replacing Kitchens.

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