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Press Release

Columbia Man Sentenced for Oxycontin Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Contact Person: Winston Holliday (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina---- Acting United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that Theodore Fulton, age 61, of South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone, a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia sentenced Fulton to 110 months of incarceration. Fulton also was ordered to forfeit a house worth over $400,000 and two Lexus automobiles, all purchased in part with proceeds from his drug dealing.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that between 2008 and 2014, Fulton was the ringleader of a conspiracy that distributed over 31,000 Oxycodone tablets in the Columbia area. Fulton would recruit co-conspirators as patients to go to a particular doctor, complain of pain, and obtain Oxycodone prescriptions. Fulton would then buy the pills from them and sell those pills for profit from another conspirator’s residence.

Co-conspirators Daryal Hipp, age 60, and Calvin Sims, age 55, both of Columbia, were convicted after a trial held in December 2015. Hipp has been sentenced to 50 months in prison. Sims awaits sentencing.

Previously, John Kennedy, age 52, was sentenced to 110 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorneys Winston Holliday and Ben Garner of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.


Updated January 6, 2017

Drug Trafficking