CHARLESTON -- James C. Edgerton IV, 35, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia after pleading guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon announced Thursday.
Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of Columbia sentenced Edgerton to 30 years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.
Evidence presented in the case established that Edgerton organized the transportation, packaging and distribution of significant quantities of heroin and methamphetamine. The drugs were purchased in the Atlanta area and then distributed throughout the Columbia area by Edgerton and his associates.
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During the course of the investigation, Edgerton admitted to purchasing 15 kilograms of ice from an individual in Atlanta. The evidence also showed that Edgerton was responsible for having multiple kilograms of heroin brought from Atlanta to the Columbia area for distribution.
The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, City of Columbia Police Department, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Day of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.