Former Richland Co. Rec Commission employee pleads guilty to distribution of meth


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated that 39-year-old James Anthony Brown IV entered a guilty plea Thursday to out count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

As a result of the plea, Brown faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a possible maximum of 40 years imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release.

Evidence established that on May 27, 2016, Richland County Deputy Sheriffs stopped Brown after deputies observed him retreating a package, suspected to contain narcotics, from the front porch of a home in Columbia.

After encountering Brown, deputies searched the package and found eleven pounds of marijuana. They then searched Brown's home and found a second package containing approximately 775 grams of methamphetamine which has a street value of approximately $20,000.

The second package was addressed to Brown and had the same return address as the package that contained the pounds of marijuana.

Additionally, deputies found more marijuana, drug paraphernalia, ecstasy and an assault rifle in Brown's home.

Brown is the son of former director James Brown III who was investigated for financial irregularities and sexual relations with staff by state and federal agents.

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