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Myrtle Beach Man Sentenced to 132 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that James Coppers McKee, Jr., age 45, of Myrtle Beach, was sentenced in Florence yesterday to 132 months imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release. On July 24, 2017, McKee entered a guilty plea in federal court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, imposed the sentence.

The evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing and sentencing hearing established that, as part of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine distribution in the Horry County, a team of law enforcement from multiple agencies learned that McKee was a possible methamphetamine distributor. In 2014 and 2015, agents made three controlled buys of methamphetamine from McKee. McKee was also identified as being in possession of multi-ounce quantities of methamphetamine during the conspiracy. 

The case was investigated by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Florence, the Fifteenth Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), the Florence County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), and the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) in Conyers, Georgia.  Assistant United States Attorney Christopher D. Taylor of the Florence office handled the case.



Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated December 15, 2017

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