Charleston man indicted in nationwide drug ring

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials from the South Carolina Attorney General's office announced the indictment of 35 people involved in a marijuana and prescription drug trafficking ring.According to the release one of the suspects, 24-year-old Reece Hunter Motley, is from Charleston and is charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana.To see a complete list of suspects and charges, click here. According to SCAG officials, the indictment reads that since 2009, "multiple individuals in South Carolina and as far away as California conspired to transport and distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana and prescription drugs throughout Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee Counties, with illegal activity also occurring in York, Anderson, Spartanburg, and Cherokee Counties."Each offense carries the following punishment upon conviction:
  • Trafficking Marijuana, 10 - 100 pounds: 1-10 years and a $10,000 fine;
  • Trafficking Marijuana, 100-2,000 pounds: 25 years and a $25,000 fine;
  • Distribution of Marijuana (first offense): up to 5 years and/or a fine up to $5,000;
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) Marijuana: up to 5 years and/or a fine up to $5,000;
  • Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, (28g or more): 25-40 years and a $200,000 fine;
  • Distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substance: 0-15 years and/or a fine up to $25,000.
The investigation involved agents from the California Department of Justice, Santa Clara County (California) Special Enforcement Team, DEA Greenville, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Department of Probation, Pickens County Sheriff's Office, Oconee County Sheriff's Office, York County Drug Enforcement Unit, Greenville Police Department, Easley Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Seneca Police Department, South Carolina National Guard/ Counter Drug Unit, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Butte County (California) Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Clemson Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff's Office, and the Travelers Rest Police Department.