News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Gaffney Methamphetamine Trafficker Pleads Guilty In Federal Drug Case

AUG 25 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta Field Division stated today, that Michael Wayne Sellers, 39, of Gaffney, South Carolina, pleaded guilty this morning to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in violation of Title 21 United States Code 841(a)(1) and 846.  The charges stem from a long term, ongoing investigation of a multiple jurisdiction drug trafficking organization that operated out of the Atlanta, Georgia area.

During his plea hearing, Sellers admitted to distribution of methamphetamine in January 2007. According to Mr. Nettles, during a search of Sellers’ residence in March 2007, officers of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Gaffney Police Department found methamphetamine, wire transfer receipts and other evidence linking Sellers to the drug trafficking organization. Judge Henry M. Herlong will sentence Sellers after he receives and reviews a presentence report prepared by the United States Probation Office.   

Sellers faces a mandatory-minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, a fine of $2,000,000, at least 4 years supervised release plus a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Gaffney Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Leesa Washington of the Greenville office is prosecuting the case.

DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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