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Three Lexington County Men Sentenced in Methamphetamine Drug Conspiracy

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Kenneth Eddy Frye, 58, Christopher David Jeffcoat, 42, and Jerry Lynn Cordell, 41, were sentenced today for their involvement in a methamphetamine drug conspiracy that occurred in Lexington County.

Evidence presented to the Court during their guilty plea hearing revealed that Frye, Jeffcoat, and Cordell were involved in distributing methamphetamine in Lexington County. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department NET team along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began an investigation of the men. Using an undercover agent, they made methamphetamine purchases from the men on seven different occasions buying amounts of methamphetamine ranging from 50 grams up to over 200 grams at a time. These purchases happened Jeffcoat’s home in Gaston, S.C. and a local nightclub in Lexington County. At sentencing, each defendant admitted that his use of methamphetamine lead to his involvement in the conspiracy.

United States District Judge Sherri A. Lydon sentenced Frye to a total of 37 months, Jeffcoat to a total of 100 months, and Cordell to a total of 65 months imprisonment with each having four years of court-ordered supervision following release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department NET team. Assistant U.S. Attorney William K. Witherspoon prosecuted the case.



Veronica Hill, Public Affairs Specialist,, (803) 929-3000

Updated November 9, 2023

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