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Leader of Oxycodone Conspiracy Pleads Guilty

December 19, 2012

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Lee Roy Roberts, age 25, of Travelers Rest, pled guilty today in federal court in Greenville, to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 846. Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong of Greenville accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation on Roberts after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip that his trailer in Travelers Rest experienced much traffic that appeared to be drug related. In partnership with federal authorities, deputies began an investigation and confirmed the information provided by the tip. On May 25, 2010, deputies obtained a search warrant for the trailer. Inside they located weapons, cash, hydrocodone, marijuana, clonazepam, oxycodone, and alprazolam.

Based on the results of the search and investigation, law enforcement learned that Roberts and Ashley Marie Evans, who pled guilty last month, were selling as many as 2000 prescription pain killer tablets per month to addicts in the upstate of South Carolina. They operated this illegal business seven days a week and earned an estimated $226,000 from the sale of drugs.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Roberts can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

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