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Greenwood man sentenced to 40 years for meth trafficking, child abuse

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Earnest Vaughn Sr. (Source: Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office) Earnest Vaughn Sr. (Source: Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate man will spend 40 years behind bars after he was found guilty of drug and child abuse charges in court.

Wednesday, 57-year-old Earnest Vaughn Sr. was found guilty of trafficking methamphetamines, third offense, and unlawful conduct toward a child, after an hour-long jury deliberation. Reports describe Vaughn as a career meth dealer.

In January, Greenwood County Drug Enforcement agents set up a controlled drug buy with Vaughn through a meeting at the car wash near Bi-Lo on U.S. 25 N. Reports say that Vaughn arrived for the buy with his visibly frightened 5-year-old grandson in the back seat of his vehicle.

During the incident, agents searched both Vaughn and the vehicle, and found several knives, a set of digital scales and roughly 20 grams of methamphetamines.

Vaughn was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the charge of trafficking methamphetamine and 10 years in prison for unlawful conduct toward a child, with the sentences to be served consecutively.

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