News Release
April 19, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Greer Man Headed To Federal Prison For Meth Lab

APR 19 -- (Columbia, South Carolina) - Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Atlanta Field Division announced, that James L. Dean, age 61, of Greer, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Spartanburg for conspiracy to manufacture and to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Judge Henry F. Floyd sentenced Dean to 87 months imprisonment.

In October 2008, Greenville deputies executed a search warrant at Dean’s residence on Anderson Ridge Road in Greer. In a shed on the property, officers found a functioning methamphetamine lab, equipped with propane tanks and hydrochloric acid. Deputies seized pitchers of white liquid, which tested positive as methamphetamine.

Dean admitted recruiting addicts to purchase pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, from local pharmacies. In exchange for the pseudoephedrine, Dean provided the addicts with small amounts of meth that he made.

The case was investigated by the DEA and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. 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