A man described by prosecutors as a ringleader in past York County methamphetamine production and distribution was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday after abruptly pleading guilty Monday in court as he was set to go to trial.
Tony Bouler, 34, had been arrested just last month after allegedly burning down a barn on his property on the Catawba Indian Reservation while on bond awaiting the start of his trial. Bouler pleaded guilty to second offense possession of meth with intent to distribute, said Jennifer Colton, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor.
Bouler’s actions were part of drug production and sales in 2011 and 2012, Colton said. The arson charge and a conspiracy charge concerning meth sales were dismissed as part of the negotiated plea, Colton said.
In 2012, York County drug agents raided two apartments on the reservation, said Marvin Brown, commander of the drug unit.
Bouler’s brother, Thomas Bouler, pleaded guilty last year to drug charges and is serving a five-year sentence. Charges remain pending against another half-brother charged by the drug unit, Jayson Davis. Davis has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond awaiting trial.
A fourth man wanted by police for an alleged role in the conspiracy, Jamie Horne, was arrested last week by Rock Hill Police after he allegedly was knocking on doors at an apartment complex, Colton said. Charges against him remain pending. Horne is in the York County jail without bond.