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Sheriff E.J. Melvin to Appear in Court Monday

6:42 AM, May 3, 2010   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina sheriff charged with drug distribution is to appear in federal court for a bond hearing.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald says Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin is scheduled to have a hearing in Columbia on Monday.

Melvin and six others were arrested Saturday and charged with drug conspiracy. Federal authorities say Melvin and the others are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Melvin has been sheriff since 2001. McDonald says the conspiracy has been ongoing since 2006.

Court documents are sealed. If convicted, Melvin and the others could face at least 10 years in prison and up to $4 million in fines.

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