ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 30-year-old Rock Hill man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to U.S. Attorney Peter McCoy, Jr.
Court evidence, provided through an investigation into Darryl Hemphill and Hemphill’s drug trafficking organization, federal agents learned that Fate Thomas McClurkin, Jr. was responsible for selling drugs obtained from Hemphill, including cocaine and clandestinely made pills that contained fentanyl.
Investigators learned that McClurkin had a close relationship with Hemphill and was trafficking large amounts of drugs in the Rock Hill and Charlotte regions.
McClurkin, as a co-conspirator in Hemphill’s drug trafficking organization, was fully aware the pills purchased and sold by him were fake Roxicodone pills that were made with fentanyl, according to the District Attorney.
Agents determined that Hemphill coordinated a drug deal with McClurkin for 13,000 fentanyl pills in May 2018, authorities stated. Evidence showed that after completing this transaction, McClurkin purchased 25,000 more fentanyl-based pills from Hemphill during this conspiracy.
According to a news release, U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced McClurkin to 12 years in federal prison, to be followed by an eight-year term of court-ordered supervision. He is not eligible for parole.