Former Lee County Sheriff Edgar Jerome “EJ” Melvin was one of 14 people indicted by a federal grand jury on drug conspiracy charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
According to officials, two separate indictments were unsealed Monday, with Melvin, 47, Larry Williams, 51, Anthony Lee Williams, 37, all of Bishopville, and Lucius Anthony Delane, 34, and Roshell Brown, 36, both of Darlington, named in the first indictment. The second indictment charges Eric Andre Hickmon, 34, Brenda Lashawn Ellerby, 26, Antonio Holloman, 23, Gary Bernard Ervin, 34, Sheldon Maurice Bradley, 24, all of Bishopville, and Kari Apfelbeck, 33, Terry Gunsauley, 39, and Susan Morris, 41, all of Camden, and Boyd Sweetenburg, 33, of Bethune.
Both groups of defendants were charged in one-count indictments with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
A number of the defendants previously were arrested on a federal complaint, officials said, but added the indictments announced Monday charged additional defendants (Brown, Apfelbeck, Gunsualey, Morris and Sweetenburg), and were sealed after they were returned by a federal grand jury last week.