Crime

March 19, 2014

Columbia man gets 20 years in jail for Spring Valley meth lab

After a three-day trial in Richland County, Fred Jack Sanders was convicted on various drugs charges including manufacturing methamphetamine and possession drugs with intent to distribute.

After a three-day trial in Richland County, Fred Jack Sanders was convicted on various drugs charges including manufacturing methamphetamine and possession drugs with intent to distribute. He was sentenced by Richland County Judge G. Thomas Cooper to two 20-year terms and three five-year terms, all to be served at the same time, the county solicitor’s office said in a release.

Sanders was arrested in April 2013 at the home he shares with his mother on Rockingham Drive in northeast Richland County. Investigators found a portable meth lab in his bedroom as well as a large stash of drugs including heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and valium, for which he did not have a prescription. Sanders also had a gun which he was prohibited from owning because of a previous conviction for a violent crime.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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