News Release
March 19, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Upstate Meth Dealers Sent to Federal Prison

MAR 19-- Columbia, South Carolina ---- Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, announced that Sonny Joe Lawson, age 38, of Pelzer, South Carolina, and Pierce Landers, IV, age 27, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, were sentenced late yesterday in federal court in Spartanburg for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. United States District Judge Henry F. Floyd sentenced Lawson to 145 months in federal prison and Landers to 70 months imprisonment.

Evidence established that authorities became aware in 2008 that Lawson and Landers were making large purchases of pseudoephederine, a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. In October 2008, Greenville County deputies executed a search warrant at Landers’ residence and seized 13.1 grams of methamphetamine. Undercover operatives also made controlled purchases from Lawson at his residence. In December 2008, deputies obtained a search warrant for Lawson’s residence and seized approximately 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and various items used to make the drug.

The case was investigated by agents of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department and Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office handled the case.

DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson 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