A court hearing today will reveal more details in the case of a South Carolina sheriff’s alleged involvement in drug distribution. Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin was arrested Saturday and charged with drug conspiracy, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald. Authorities say Melvin was one of nine people who intended to distribute at least five kilograms of powder cocaine and at least 50 grams of crack cocaine.
The Attorney’s Office says the conspiracy has been ongoing since 2006. Melvin, whose full name is Edgar Jerome Melvin, has been sheriff since 2001. None of the other eight were identified as sheriff’s department employees. If convicted, Melvin could face up to 10 years in prison.
Court records on the case have been sealed until a hearing scheduled for today.