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Barnwell Man Convicted of Large-Scale Cocaine Conspiracy Based on Seizure of Almost Three-Quarters of a Million Dollars in Cash, Cocaine, and Drug Paraphernalia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2012

Contact Person: Jay Richardson (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today Terrance Lamar Wiggins, a/k/a “T-Wig,” a/k/a “Barnwell” (32) was convicted today following a two-day trial in federal court. The jury found Wiggins guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States Chief District Judge Seymour presided over the trial and will sentence Wiggins in the coming months.

Evidence presented at trial from law enforcement and cooperating citizens showed that Wiggins distributed substantial quantities of cocaine from 2005 until he was arrested in 2012. On March 28, 2012, local, state, and federal authorities executed a search warrant on Wiggins’ trailer in Barnwell. There, they found Wiggins and cocaine, along with two scales, a bag-sealer, sealing bags, and five kilogram cocaine wrappings covered in cocaine residue. Additionally, officers found a loaded Glock .45 caliber pistol sitting on the bed , a loaded SKS assault rifle under the bed, a loaded pistol-grip shotgun in the living room under the couch, and another rifle in an outbuilding. Officers also found hundreds of thousands of dollars hidden throughout the house – in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator, in the laundry room, in a secret hiding place behind the fireplace, in a pillowcase, and under the tub in the bathroom. More cash was found that the defendant had stashed at his relatives’ houses. All told, officers recovered $741,257 in cash, nearly three-quarters of a million dollars.

The trial also established that over the last seven years, Wiggins regularly purchased as much as ten kilograms of cocaine at a time from several Mexican sources as well as multiple kilograms at time from local suppliers. After obtaining the kilograms for approximately $30,000 each, Wiggins then distributed that cocaine to resellers in and around Barnwell. In total, evidence showed that Wiggins distributed more than two hundred kilograms of cocaine.

The case was investigated primarily by Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay N. Richardson and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey B. Wall.


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