Man pleads guilty to trafficking cocaine

  • Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 4:19 p.m.

A Monetta man caught trafficking crack cocaine in Aiken County was sentenced to serve more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty in court this week, officials say.

Michael “Big Mike” Martin Jr., was sentenced to 12 years for trafficking crack cocaine, 12 years for distribution of crack cocaine and 10 years for distribution of crack cocaine within proximity of a school, said Assistant Solicitor Beth Ann Young.

The sentences will run concurrently.

The conviction was the result of an undercover narcotics operation involving Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Edgefield County Sheriffs office and S.C. State Law Enforcement Division agents.

A confidential informant working with narcotics officers purchased drugs from the dealer on three separate occasions over the span of about three moths, Young said.

Prosecutors were scheduled to go to trial this week, but Martin pleaded guilty Thursday.

The value of the drugs he sold as part of the narcotics operation is estimated to be $2,000.

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