Former police informant ‘Chicken Wing’ pleads guilty to federal drug charges in Columbia

dprice@thestate.comJuly 9, 2013 

Wayne Lamar Mobley

PROVIDED — Lexington County Detention Center

A drug dealer and accused killer who goes by the name “Chicken Wing” could be cooped up in a prison cell for the rest of his life after pleading guilty Tuesday to conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and 280 grams of crack cocaine.

Wayne L. Mobley, 23, was a drug dealer from the time he was a teenager, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office release.

Mobley will be sentenced at a later date but also could have to pay a $250,000 fine for his role in a drug conspiracy that led to the death of 42-year-old Hector Carreon-Hernandez in June 2010 during a drug robbery.

Mobley also is still awaiting trial after being charged with murder in the April 2011 death of Bobby Edwards, a crime that happened while Mobley, then a police informant, was out on bond.

Mobley and Izell “Buddy” Delorean Grissett Jr. were both named in a six-count indictment unsealed in February that accused the two men of being involved in a large-scale drug conspiracy and breaking federal firearm laws in the 2010 drug robbery.

Grissett and Mobley have been accused of going inside the home of suspected drug distributors on Colleton Street in north Columbia on June 23, 2010, to steal drugs, according to file reports.

Carreon-Hernandez and another man were shot, and Mobley and Grissett were seen running from the home with a large bag full of drugs and cash. Carreon-Hernandez died two days later.

Mobley was arrested about a week after the robbery on a murder charge, but Mobley said Grissett was the shooter.

Despite the murder charge, Mobley was released on bond later that year as an informant in the investigation against Grissett. Using information from Mobley, the man was arrested in February 2011. The charges against both men in the robbery and homicide are still pending, according to Richland County court documents.

Edwards was killed two months after Grissett was arrested, while Mobley was still out on bond. In that incident, the victim was shot in the leg several times and bled to death. Mobley was charged with murder in the homicide in July, and is still awaiting his day in a Richland County courtroom on that charge.

Federal charges against Grissett in the drug conspiracy are also pending, according to a federal records search.

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