An Abbeville man will spend 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a methamphetamine possession charge, according to a news release from the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Todd Andrew Allen, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to possession with intent to distribute meth. A jury had been selected to hear the case, but Allen chose to plead guilty before testimony began Wednesday, the release said.

Circuit Judge Donald Hocker sentenced Allen to 20 years in prison. Allen’s criminal history includes multiple drug-related offenses, the release said.

In October 2018, Abbeville Narcotics Task Force investigators set up a controlled purchase of drugs from Allen, where deputies arrested him and found about 44 grams of meth in a pouch at his feet, in addition to scales and a pipe, the release said.

Assistant Solicitor Micah Black and Deputy Solicitor Yates Brown handled the state’s case, while Allen was represented by Greenwood attorney Aaron Taylor.