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      Bennettsville man gets 35 years in federal drug case

      Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight says Demario Covington, aka "Booger Press" or "P," 32, was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison and 10 years supervised release on a charge of Conspiring to Sell Crack and Cocaine.

      Covington was part of a conspiracy to sell drugs in the Shady Rest community of Bennettsville dating back to 1997.

      He was one of 12 people arrested in 2011 by the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office and the FBI after a three year long investigation.

      The other defendants had already pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

      Calvin Townsend, aka Kojack 38 years old - 210 months

      Jamie Lilly, 32 years old- 180 Months

      Rhysheen Rogers, 23 years old aka Thump- 65 Months

      Ramon Covington, 29 years old- 180 months

      Lequan Anthony Fox, 21 years old-65 Months

      Jerrica Gillespie, 24 years old- 70 months

      David Liles, aka June Bug, 25 years old - 65 months

      Nicholas Miller, aka Wee Wee, 31 years old- 105 months

      Terrance Fuller, aka T-Bone or T-Bird, 26 years old- 105 Months

      Kartarie Sahndal Prince Leake, aka Kartarie Miller- 180 months

      David Stuckey, aka Shortstop- 360 months

      "This investigation is now completed and the last arrests in McColl are also near the end. We will be making more arrests in the near future in McColl and Clio on Federal cases," said Sheriff Knight. "I hope this sends a message to drug dealers that the MCSO takes drugs and violent crime seriously and we aren't letting up one bit. If anyone has any information on drugs in your area, please call and we will keep your information confidential. "

      Covington still faces a charge of Accessory After the Fact and Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the killing of a Bennettsville man four years ago.