News Release
July 24, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

South Carolina Drug Smugglers Sentenced to Federal Prison

JUL 24 -- Columbia, SC - United States Attorney W. WALTER WILKINS stated that SHAWN SADLER, a/k/a Tagulifu M. Barber, a/k/a Carlos T. Watts, age 37, of Ladson, South Carolina, and SANDY SANDIFORD, age 37, of New York, were sentenced in federal court for their roles in a large drug conspiracy operating in Richland County. United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie sentenced SADLER to 20 years imprisonment followed by ten years of supervised release, and SANDIFORD to 70 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised released.

In July 2002, a deputy encountered SADLER and SANDIFORD sitting in a car outside of a northeast Richland County home at midnight. After the deputy obtained inconsistent stories as to what SADLER and SANDIFORD were doing there, the deputy searched the car and found more than $120,000 cash in the trunk. Deputies thereafter executed a search warrant at the residence and found a large stash of narcotics, including more than 7 kilograms of cocaine. In the garage of the home, officers found a car with electronically-controlled hidden compartments for drug smuggling. Service records found in the car established that SADLER had driven it.

SADLER was convicted by a jury following a two-day trial in November 2007 and SANDIFORD pled guilty earlier this year. Other members of the conspiracy were previously sentenced by Judge Currie.

Mr. Wilkins commended the following agencies that investigated this case who were instrumental in the successful prosecution as follows: The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Nancy C. Wicker and William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office handled the case.

SAC Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and