At Least 12 Involved in Massive Drug Operation

At Least 12 Involved in Massive Drug Operation

( – On Wednesday, August 18, acting US Attorney M. Rhett Dehart announced the completion of a multi-jurisdictional investigation in Anderson County, South Carolina. The investigation included roughly 130 officers working for federal, state, and local agencies and departments.

Law enforcement officials arrested 12 individuals after the simultaneous execution of 20 federal search warrants. Prosecutors charged the individuals in a 34-count federal indictment for their role in a drug trafficking operation.

Anderson County is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina adjacent to Georgia’s state line. The warrant operation was the largest in its history.

Agents seized about 33 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of roughly half a million dollars. They also seized 18 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of heroin, 10 guns, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, 3 cars and nearly a quarter-million dollars in cash.

The defendants’ ages range from 26 to 51 years. They face various drug trafficking and weapons charges, including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a stash house, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and a host of other crimes.

DeHart told reporters that federal, state and local law enforcement are working together to defeat serious challenges in the communities they serve. This operation demonstrates that they are committed to defeating organized crime involving drugs, gangs and weapons.

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