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18 have pleaded guilty in Beaufort Co. drug probe

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Eighteen people have pleaded guilty to participating in a drug ring that distributed cocaine and prescription drugs on South Carolina's south coast.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that (http://bit.ly/1uZAUz2r ) 32 people were named in a federal indictment two years ago that charged them with participating in the ring operating in Beaufort County.

The government charged that they took part in a scheme to trade cocaine for oxycodone and other drugs. The indictment alleged the operation began back in 2004.

Of the 18 people who have pleaded guilty, four have been sentenced.

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