An Edgefield County man is looking at life in prison after making a plea deal ahead of his federal trial on drug charges.
Willie Anthony Moton, 34, was arrested in the summer of 2009 after a joint Edgefield County Sheriff's Office-Drug Enforcement Agency sting operation led to a search of his home. Officers found cocaine, crack, drug scales, a .380 caliber high point pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun.
Moton is characterized by law enforcement as the leader of a group of people who sold drugs in the county from March to September 2009.
Moton pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom in Spartanburg to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.
Moton has not been sentenced but his plea agreement includes a mandatory life sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.