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Leesville man gets 18 years for trafficking meth

Lexington, SC 04/07/2023 (Paul Kirby) – Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said late yesterday afternoon that Brandy O’Neal Harris, 32, of Leesville, SC, has pled guilty to two counts of trafficking methamphetamine. He entered the plea on March 30, 2023. The crimes he committed occurred in both Lexington County and Saluda Counties. Harris made the plea in front of Circuit Court Judge Walton J. McLeod, IV. Judge McLeod who then sentenced Harris to 18 years on both trafficking charges to be served concurrently. Under South Carolina law, trafficking methamphetamine is classified as a violent, serious, and “no parole” offense.


According to officers with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Investigation Team, on October 13, 2022, an officer with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was running routine patrol on Lee Street in the Leesville area of Lexington County when he observed Harris driving his vehicle with an expired tag. A traffic stop was conducted and Harris gave consent to search his vehicle. During the search of his vehicle, the officer found 137 grams of methamphetamine concealed in a bag of barbeque chips in the passenger area of the vehicle. Harris was the only person in the vehicle. The officer read Harris rights and afterward, he admitted that the substance found in his car was methamphetamine and that they belonged to him.

At this point, agents with Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Team became involved in this case. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Harris was a key player in illegal narcotics ending up in the streets of Lexington County, Saluda County, and other surrounding counties. The investigation also revealed that Harris would acquire his drugs from out of state. Harris resided in the Leesville area of Saluda County at the time of his arrest. Agents worked with the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office to execute a lawful search warrant on Harris’ home. During the search, officers found the remainder of Harris’s stash of methamphetamine as well as several grams of fentanyl and various weapons.


In South Carolina, any quantity over 100 grams of methamphetamine is classified as trafficking. Harris has been transported to the South Carolina Department of Corrections to serve his prison sentence.


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