By Lucas Daprile

An inmate at one of South Carolina’s prisons helped run a drug trafficking ring using a contraband mobile phone from his cell, a jury found Friday.

Glenn Pernell, an inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, was convicted on federal charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and heroin,” according to a release from United States Attorney Sherri Lydon’s office.

Pernell, 41, was convicted of the charges, which carry a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence alongside four co-conspirators: Whitney Pernell, 29, Fatima Ford, 33, Santerrio Smith, 31 and Terrence Dunlap, 25, according to the release.

The Pernells are brother and sister from Marion County and Ford is their cousin, also from Marion County, according to the release. Smith and Dunlap are from Columbia, according to the release.