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Rock Hill Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiring in the Largest Fentanyl Bust in York County History

Rock Hill Man Pleads Guilty in Largest-Ever Fentanyl Bust in York County SC

Plea Deal Made in Groundbreaking Fentanyl Case

Following an extensive federal investigation, a second South Carolina man has now entered a guilty plea in connection with the largest fentanyl bust in York County’s history. Thomas Anthony Perry, a resident of Rock Hill, entered his plea after prosecutors alleged that he was involved in a secret drug lab near Lake Wylie, located near the Charlotte border.

According to court records, Perry faces a potential sentence ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of a substance or mixture containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, as per the plea agreement released by the U.S. District Court in Columbia.

It’s important to note that Perry’s attorney, along with federal prosecutors, have all signed off on the plea agreement. This development was publicly communicated late last Friday.

The State of Other Defendants in the Case

This case now has two defendants who have pleaded guilty, while two more remain under charges. This comes after a judge denied a motion from one of the remaining defendants aiming to suppress the drug seizure. Javaris Latrey Johnson from Clover was the first to plead guilty to the same charge as Perry. The remaining two defendants, Quonzy Lanard Hope and Timario Martez Gayton, both from Rock Hill, continue to maintain their innocence.

Gargantuan Drug Seizure Near Charlotte

According to court records and federal documents, police and federal agents from a sweeping investigation successfully confiscated more than 60 pounds of fentanyl from a mobile home in the Lake Wylie area. The home contained an estimated 160,000 pills. During the operation, authorities also found pill presses, several firearms, sizable amounts of cash, and additional illicit substances including cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.

Understanding the Deadly Power of Fentanyl

Recognising the gravity of the bust, U.S. Representative Ralph Norman and Senator Lindsey Graham, along with local officials, stated that the fentanyl discovered was enough to potentially cause lethal overdoses in entire South Carolina population. Fentanyl is a synthetically created opioid that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warns is approximately 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. It’s a cheap, lethal, and massively addictive substance that is widely available.

What Happens Next?

All four defendants, including Johnson and Perry who have entered guilty pleas, remain in federal custody. Sentencing dates have yet to be assigned for Johnson and Perry. Federal trials for Gayton and Hope are set to commence as early as January. All indicted individuals also face South Carolina state charges stemming from the same incident.

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