Man Gets 25-Years for Meth Trafficking

An Iva man will spend the next 25 years behind bars after an Abbeville County jury found the man guilty on one count of trafficking methamphetamine, according to 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo.

Late Wednesday, 67-year-old Kenneth Earle McGill was found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine, 100-200 grams, following a two-day trial at the Abbeville County Courthouse. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then sentenced McGill to 25 years in prison. The crime is considered violent under state law and McGill will have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence before being considered for parole. McGill has at least two prior convictions for distributing methamphetamines.

Solicitor Stumbo said an Abbeville Narcotics Task Force joined Probation, Pardon Parole Services in conducting a home visit in August, 2018. That led to the arrival of McGill with over 115 grams of meth and nearly $14,000 in cash.

Solicitor Stumbo said, “We have seen too often and for far too long the disastrous effects meth has on people, on families, and on communities.” He said his office is working with law enforcement to get “dangerous drug dealers off the street and in prison, where they belong.”