A 31-year-old Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison on a drug conspiracy charge.
U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced that Leroy Anthony Griffin was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute oxycodone.
U.S. District Judge Donald C. Coggins Jr. sentenced Griffin to 110 months in federal prison, which is to be followed by a six-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system, the release said.
Evidence presented to the court showed that the case involved a drug trafficking organization.
Griffin and others he directed or who acted on his behalf presented counterfeit and forged prescriptions for oxycodone tablets to multiple pharmacies, including ones in South Carolina.
During the investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) seized such prescriptions linked to the organization.
The agencies interviewed several who were involved who identified Griffin as the boss and person in charge.
They said he supplied oxycodone and that they filled counterfeit and forged oxycodone prescriptions under his direction.
On Jan. 31, 2018, authorities executed a federal search warrant at a house in Conway.
Agents and officers found Griffin in the house hiding in a closet beneath a pile of clothes. Authorities seized two laptops and cellphones containing text messages related to drug distribution, pictures of counterfeit prescriptions and incoming calls from pharmacies. “Agents linked the phone numbers of the phones seized to phone numbers printed on the counterfeit prescriptions,” the release said.
The case was investigated by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad and DHEC. The S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit assisted. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Hummel prosecuted the case.