YORK — A York Realtor who two years ago was charged with smuggling marijuana in the mail in California has been indicted in connection with a 35-person drug trafficking operation in South Carolina.
The State Grand Jury last week indicted Mike Wiley, broker-in-charge at White Rose Realty on U.S. 321 in York, with conspiracy to traffic marijuana, 100 to 2,000 pounds, according to a state Attorney Generals Office statement. Its unclear when Wiley, 58, will appear in court on the charges.
He joins 34 others who are accused of trafficking thousands of pounds of marijuana and prescription drugs throughout the Upstate, funneling the narcotics through Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties as far back as 2009, according to the statement. Authorities say the drugs were trafficked and sold throughout York, Anderson, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, as well.
Agents with York Countys drug enforcement unit and the State Law Enforcement Division arrested Wiley last week, said Marvin Brown, commander of York Countys multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit. Investigators searched Wileys house and found several large crates encrusted with drug residue. He has since been released on bond.
Wiley, Brown said, is accused of receiving the shipment of narcotics from California and helping distribute them in the Upstate. If convicted, he faces a maximum 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The indictment presents a new set of allegations in addition to Wileys federal charges two years ago when he was arrested and charged as a fugitive after authorities in California issued warrants charging him with: cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, sale or transfer or marijuana, three counts of possession of an assault weapon and large capacity magazine activity.
York County drug agents arrested him, but he was soon released on a $50,000 bond so he could go to California, voluntarily turn himself in and deal with his charges there. He is set to be tried on the allegations this summer, Brown said.
Federal documents show that in 2011, a California postal inspector intercepted a drug package Wiley allegedly shipped from Nice Realty in Lucerne, Calif., which was registered to an address that really belonged to a hotel.
The package was to be shipped to South Carolina. Authorities contacted drug officers in Lexington County, who found five vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana along with a bag of hash inside the package, according to a federal affidavit.
California officials later searched Wileys home there, where they found two crates of marijuana, one with 50 pounds and the other with 42 pounds of pot.
York County investigators searched Wileys York home on McFarland Road and found two crates with marijuana residue inside, but no actual drugs.
Efforts to reach Wiley on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
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