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Drug charge guilty plea for man tied to sheriff

Jul 28, 2010 11:27:00 PM - thestate.com
A man who said he owed his success as a drug dealer to a former South Carolina sheriff has signed an agreement to plead guilty, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court.

Larry Williams, 51, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

In May, Williams was rounded up with 11 other people, including then-Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin, and charged with conspiring to deal drugs in Lee County.

In court several days later, an FBI agent detailed 17 phone calls between Melvin, Williams and other defendants, as well as unnamed people who dealt drugs or helped with the investigation.

Some of the people referred to Melvin and Williams by the nicknames "Big Dog" and "Hawk."

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