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Sumter Co. pair plead guilty to drug dealing

Apr 12, 2011 11:36:00 AM - thestate.com
Two Sumter County men have pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge this week, and face the possibility of life in prison.

Leones Lesane, 31, and Marcus Goodman, 32, assented to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbia said.

According to the office, a Sumter County narcotics agent received a tip Aug. 28, 2008, that two men were parked in a black truck in a vacant lot in Sumter. The tipster said they were cutting up crack. The agent notified Sumter Police, which sent patrol officers to the area. Those officers arrested Lesane and Goodman.

A search of the truck turned up 2 oz. of crack, which is about 58 grams. The drug was on the rear passenger side floorboard. A razor blade found behind the driver's seat tested positive for cocaine. In the center console, officers found more crack, another razor blade, several baggies and $455.

Each man faces up to an $8 million fine and life in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.