Anderson cocaine distributor sentenced to life in prison after multi-state drug trafficking bust

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Two Upstate drug dealers will spend the rest of their lives behind bars after being found guilty in a multi-state drug trafficking organization.

Members of the drug conspiracy operated for 13 years across the southeast, including in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana. During the course of the operation, members reportedly distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 5 kilograms of crack cocaine.

More than 20 defendants were charged in the investigation, but Upstate suspects Eric Scott and Antonio Crawley were the only two to go to trial.

Evidence in the trial revealed that Crawley had participated in the conspiracy for nine years, operating primarily as a local distributor in Anderson. Evidence indicated he received cocaine from sources of supply in Atlanta and the Upstate.

After a nine-day trial in November 2016, Scott and Crawley were found guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Crawley was also found guilty of using a telephone to facility a drug trafficking crime.

Scott was sentenced to life in prison without parole in July 2017. Investigators said he joined the conspiracy in 2003 and participated even while imprisoned on federal drug charges from 2007 to 2011.

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that Crawley was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was also fined $231,000.

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