An Allendale man has been convicted in federal court for participating in a large scale-drug conspiracy operating in the rural counties of Barnwell, Allendale, and Hampton.
31-year-old Earl Daniels was convicted on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack around Allendale, Hampton and Barnwell counties. The 13 co-conspirators listed in the federal indictment previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors presented evidence during the trial showing that Daniels obtained substantial quantities of powder cocaine from a number of suppliers. Daniels, along with his co-conspirators, converted the powder cocaine into crack cocaine and distributed the drug thorough a network of crack distributors and drug houses in Allendale. Daniels himself handled more than 15 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of half million dollars.
Because he has a record that includes prior drug felonies, Daniels faces a mandatory life sentence. His co-conspirators face sentences between five years and life in prison. Daniels and the others will be formally sentenced at a later date.