Three plead guilty to drug conspiracy

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By Chris Sardelli

COLUMBIA – Three Lancaster men have been sentenced to prison as part of  a drug conspiracy case. 

Joseph M. Carter, 40, Christaan S. Morrow, 38, and Demond Wilson, 36, all of Lancaster, were sentenced Feb. 18 in federal court in Columbia. All three were charged with being involved in a drug conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. 

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Anderson sentenced Carter to  37 months, followed by five  years of supervised release. Morrow received a 33-month sentence, followed by five years of supervised release and Wilson received a 127-month sentence, followed by five years of supervised release. 

 Evidence presented at the hearings showed that federal and local law enforcement agents began investigating a number of Lancaster County people   for cocaine and crack cocaine distribution. Some of theme were supplying the other members of the conspiracy with either cocaine or crack cocaine. 

The suppliers were getting cocaine from Atlanta and other places and then either selling the cocaine or cooking it down into crack cocaine to sell.

Officers made several seizures of cocaine and also made a number of undercover drug buys  from members of the conspiracy. 

Police also found crack cocaine and firearms during a search warrant.

Carter, Morrow and Wilson had previously admitted their involvement and pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge. 

In the press release, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the outcome shows the cooperation between local and federal law enforcement to get criminals off the street. 

 The case was jointly investigated by the FBI, DEA, ATF and  Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.