News Release
December 12, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Sumter Man Sentenced On Prescription Drug Charges

DEC 12 --(Columbia, SC) - United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins stated today that Marty SANDERS, 34 of Sumter, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court on drug charges. United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced SANDERS to 210 months imprisonment.

A joint investigation was initiated in early 2006 by the Sumter Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department, after both agencies received numerous complaints about a pill distribution ring involving prescription drugs, such as Oxycontin, Tylox, and Dilaudid, operating in the Sumter area. Federal agents with the DEA’s prescription drug diversion unit joined the investigation. The case included several undercover purchases and numerous interviews with cooperating witnesses. Investigators estimate that the group distributed thousands of prescription pills over the last three years. SANDERS pled guilty and admitted his involvement with the ring.

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 takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sumter Police Department, and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah B. Barbier of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.