Lee County Sheriff arrested in fed drug sting

Lee County Sheriff Edgar Jerome “EJ” Melvin, 47, of Bishopville was one of seven people arrested by state and federal authorities as part of a drug sting Saturday morning, according to a release from the US Attorney’s office.

Melvin has served as the Sheriff for Lee County, South Carolina, since 2001.

Also arrested Saturday morning in connection with the case were Brenda LaShawn Ellerby, 26; Antonio Holloman, 23; Larry Williams, 51; Eric Andre Hickman, 34; Anthony Lee Williams, 37, and Sheldon Maurice Bradley, 24, all of Bishopville, according to the release.

Melvin and the others arrested Saturday are charged in federal warrants with conspiracy since 2006 to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack in South Carolina, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 846, according to the release.

Melvin was re-elected to a third term in 2008, defeating Republican Jerry Tidwell. No word on if Tidwell, or someone else, will be appointed to replace Melvin.

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