Anderson SC– Yesterday, in Anderson County General Sessions Court, Nancy Elaine Carswell was sentenced to 12 years in prison for charges she was tried and convicted of in her absence on October 29, 2019. A jury found her guilty of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. She did not appear for her trial and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. Carswell was picked up on that bench warrant on November 20th. Judge Cordell Maddox’s sentence was sealed at that time until yesterday when the sentence was unsealed and Carswell learned she would be spending the next 12 years in South Carolina Department of Corrections.
Her co-defendant, Roy Cecil Walters, had previously entered a guilty plea to the charge of Trafficking Methamphetamine between 28 and 100 grams on August 22, 2019. At that time Judge Scott Sprouse sentenced Walters to 10 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges stemmed from an incident on March 12, 2018. Following a tip from an anonymous source, the ACSO Special Investigations Division conducted surveillance and executed a search warrant at 205 Fairlane Drive in Anderson. During the surveillance operation officers observed Roy Cecil Walters meeting with a female in a black BMW at the Watson Village Shopping Center. Walters then led the female back to 205 Fairlane Drive where she delivered a quantity of methamphetamine to Nancy Elaine Carswell. Officers observed the female leaving the home and stopped her vehicle for failing to maintain lane. Inside the car, investigators found $40,000 and a small quantity of methamphetamine. She told officers that she had had been contacted by Carswell and that Carswell sent Walters to meet her in order to lead her to the home where Carswell was staying. She also told officers that she had just sold approximately 80 grams of methamphetamine to Carswell. Upon receiving this information, investigators obtained a search warrant for the home and found Carswell and Walters in possession of a total of 140.22 grams of methamphetamine. Both were charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine between 100 and 200 grams.
This investigation was led by Detective Andre Acevedo with support from all members of SID. The case was prosecuted by Tenth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Chelsey Hucker and Mary Holahan.