Fifth man sentenced in drug conspiracy

A North Augusta man was sentenced in federal court to 151 months in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges.
Daniel Hinkler, age 27 pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Hinkler was also held accountable for possessing firearms and illegally selling a number of them, including a 12 gauge shotgun and various assault rifles. Hinkler had been previously convicted in Aiken County. Evidence in the case showed that Hinkler conspired with four others to distribute drugs in and around the North Augusta and Aiken area, often while armed.
Those individuals pled guilty earlier this year and were sentenced as follows: Thomas Michael Arrington, age 28, of North Augusta, was sentenced to 200 months in prison; Peter William Clark, IV, age 28, from Evans, Georgia, was sentenced to 121 months in prison; Charles Jason Brady, age 33, from Graniteville, was sentenced to 37 Months in prison; and Lindey Leigh Clark, age 20, from Covington, Georgia, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
Agents seized nearly $2,000 in cash, four firearms, a motorcycle, and large quantities of methamphetamine and crack cocaine during the investigation.