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Two-year investigation targeting armed narcotics traffickers in South Carolina results in 27 arrests

June 26, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two-year investigation targeting armed narcotics traffickers in South Carolina results in 27 arrests

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A two-year investigation targeting armed narcotics traffickers in South Carolina culminated in the arrests of over two-dozen suspects.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers executed search warrants in the Ruth Lane area of Berkeley County on Thursday, arresting 27 people as a result of an undercover investigation, which began in September 2015, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation involved the controlled purchases of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and guns from several alleged narcotics traffickers in the area by undercover agents and informants.

In a press conference, Sheriff Duane Lewis said for “many years, the Rutt Lane area had been plagued with ongoing drugs and gun violence.”

“The Rutt (Lane) area of Berkeley County has been a problem area for many years,” Lewis said.

The sheriff described the suspects as “prone to violence.”

“I hope this is going to send a message to them — don’t come back,” Lewis added.

The U.S. Attorney for South Carolina, Beth Drake said authorities have an active arrest warrant on a 28th suspect identified as 40-year-old Rico Reid of Moncks Corner, who faces multiple federal counts of firearms and heroin distribution charges.

Thursday’s operation involved multiple law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service,  State Law Enforcement Division, the S.C. Highway Patrol, S.C. Department of Probation, Parole Service, Goose Creek Police Department, Hanahan Police Department, and the Moncks Corner Police Department.

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