If you were to divide South Carolina into quadrants Lee County would be located in the Southwestern portion of the Northeastern quadrant. For years E.J. Melvin as Sheriff, worked hard to gain control of the drug problem in his little county and control it he did.
He became the big dog on the block; a term criminal types know as someone you don't want to cross.
"Big Dog" as he because known throughout the county was the center of everything. He was very approachable; everybody from the little old lady whose neighbor's dog 'was killin' her chickens' to the drug dealer who was about to be arrested; they all came to him with their problems.
"Big Dog" was in high cotton.
However, there was problem and that problem was drug use in the county escalated during his tenure because "Big Dog" was now the Top Dog in the drug underworld in Lee County.
Now a Drug Kingpin, "Big Dog" had worked hard worming his way into the illegal drug business using the full weight of the law as his weapon of gaining control. Illicit drugs didn't come into "Big Dog's" county without him gaining control over its distribution.
"Big Dog" had a huge ego, and it was that false impression of himself that was used to yank his chain.
"Big Dog" is in the Law Enforcement Dog House now, awaiting sentencing...
Imagine the number of people, young or old, rich or poor, who were his victims. Not just those he threatened to put in jail, but those who were caught up in the web of his enterprise; those who became addicted and wound up on the wrong side of the track.
When it came to drugs "Big Dog" didn't discriminate. It will be a grand reunion for those folk sitting in the big dog house waiting on the little puppy to enter their kennel.
It is up to the judge to determine "Big Dog's" future time in the State Lockup; let's hope he throws the key away on this one.
"Nettles stated, 'Police officers are not above the law. When a public official, such as Mr. Melvin, abuses his authority, he drains the public trust and erodes the confidence that our citizens should have in law enforcement.'
Melvin faces a mandatory minimum term of at least ten years and a maximum term of life. Sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2011 at 10:30 am."