Summerville man convicted in meth, cocaine ring

SUMMERVILLE (WCSC) - A Summerville man could be facing a life sentence in prison after being convicted of conspiring to traffic cocaine and methamphetamines.

Franciso Serrano, 34, is charged with trying to distribute over 5 kilos of cocaine, over 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 500 grams of a substance containing methamphetamie.

Serran was found guilty of partnering with Armando Ramirez to transport the drugs in early 2009, after the two met at the Ladson Flea Market.

A year-long investigation indicated that Ramirez utilized contacts with La Familia, a drug cartel in Mexico, California and Georgia to transport the drugs all over the United States.

Sixteen defendants in all have been indicted in the case in South Carolina. Serrano is the 11th defendant to be convicted. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and could face life in prison.

Various national and local law enforcement agencies contributed in the investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted the case.

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