According to the United States Department of Justice, a total of 19 individuals are facing charges for their involvement in shipping over 255 packages of drugs from California to South Carolina.
One of the suspects, Archi Arsenio Caldwell, aged 35, received a sentence of over 16 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy involving the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and marijuana. Additionally, Caldwell admitted to distributing crack cocaine and committing money laundering.
Caldwell will undergo a 10-year period of court-ordered supervision following his 200-month incarceration.
Members of the group were found to be traveling to California and having drugs shipped back to the Rock Hill and Charlotte area, according to the investigation.
Caldwell assisted group members in arranging flights to California and acquiring illicit drugs. Authorities have confirmed that he personally traveled to California to procure the drugs on behalf of other members and subsequently dispatched the packages.
The group proceeded to distribute the drugs to local dealers after shipping them back to South Carolina.
The group was purchasing fentanyl from California to lace pills that were sold in Rock Hill, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, and Atlanta.
According to law enforcement, over 255 packages were shipped from California, with Caldwell being held accountable for the transportation of various illegal substances. This included 37 grams of crack cocaine, six kilograms of methamphetamine, 27 kilograms of cocaine, seven kilograms of fentanyl, and eight grams of marijuana.
Out of the 19 defendants, 17, including Caldwell, chose to plead guilty to their involvement, while three were convicted at trial, according to officials.
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