SC sheriff arrested on federal drug charge

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina sheriff is among seven people charged with drug distribution.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald says Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin was arrested Saturday and charged with drug conspiracy.

McDonald says Melvin is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

The 47-year-old Melvin has been sheriff since 2001. McDonald says the drug conspiracy has been ongoing since 2006.

No other details about the case were immediately available. McDonald says court documents are sealed.

If convicted, Melvin could face at least 10 years in prison and $4 million in fines. He's set to appear in court Monday, and it was not clear if he had an attorney.

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