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An Anderson man who helped operate one of the region’s largest and longest-running drug trafficking rings was sentenced to life in prison Monday.
Antonio Crawley, 39, was part of an operation that trafficked cocaine, crack and marijuana in South Carolina and reached into Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana, according to federal prosecutors. The drug ring was active from 2003 to 2016, relying in part on Atlanta-based couriers who made frequent trips to Anderson moving drugs along Interstate 85.
Crawley and a co-defendant, Eric Scott, were found guilty in November 2016 of helping to orchestrate a federal drug conspiracy. Scott was sentenced to life in prison last July.
At least 21 people were charged in connection to the case, and many of them entered guilty pleas. Crawley and Scott were the only ones who chose to go to trial.
One of their co-defendants, Walter Lee, was fatally shot at his auto-detailing business in Anderson on Nov. 18, 2016, just days after he testified in the federal drug trial.
Lee, who was also known by the