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Two charged with trafficking

Two men were charged with trafficking in cocaine and heroin after an investigation into drug activity in Georgetown, according to the Georgetown Police Department.

Derek Thompson Owens, 29, of Murrells Inlet and Edmond Holmes, 21, of Georgetown, were each charged Sunday with trafficking in cocaine 10 grams or more, but less than 28 grams and trafficking heroin four grams or more, according to records at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

The men are being held pending bond hearings.

The men were charged following an investigation by officials with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Law Enforcement Division, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgetown police.

Agents searched two houses and three vehicles and from them seized a fourth kilo of heroin and 100 grams of cocaine, according to authorities. A 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe also was seized by police.

An investigation into the drug activity continues and police said they expect more arrests to be made later.


Woman reports harassment by officer

A 31-year-old woman told Myrtle Beach police she wanted harassment documented involving her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, who is a Conway police officer, according to a police report.

The woman filed the report with Myrtle Beach police at 7 p.m. Monday and said that her boyfriend’s former girlfriend had harassed her and her family on Facebook and via text message for the last three weeks.

The woman said she believed the ex-girlfriend had used her position as a Conway police officer to obtain information about her and her family, according to the report.

The woman said the officer had not made contact with her, but had made derogatory statements to her boyfriend, friends and family.

The woman said that her boyfriend had filed multiple reports on the offender involving harassment issues in the past.

The report did not list any information about the Conway police officer the woman described as sending the messages.

Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said his department did not have any other reports that had been filed involving the officer.


Arkansas man wanted in 2000 returned

An Arkansas man charged last week in connection with a shooting death that occurred in 2000 has been returned to Horry County to face prosecution.

Jose Luis Torres Tostado, 33, of Bald Knob, Ark., was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. His exact charges were not listed on the jail website.

But authorities charged him with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill after he was taken into custody Nov. 29 in Arkansas.

The charges stem from Sept. 16, 2000 when there was a shooting at Sambo’s Club on Green Sea Road about 1 a.m. Horry County police found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both were transported to a local hospital, where one named Alfonso Fuentes died, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said. Fuentes, of Tabor City, N.C. was 26.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Section learned a vehicle had driven by the club firing shots at the building when the two men were hit.

Tostado and another suspect were identified and warrants were issued, but the suspects had fled the area.

Horry County authorities were alerted to Tostado’s whereabouts after officers from the Bald Knob Police Department were called Nov. 29 to a domestic dispute involving Tostado, Kegler said.

Bald Knob police later learned Tostado was wanted in Horry County.


Man charged with assault of ex-girlfriend

A Pawleys Island man was charged with assault after his former girlfriend told police he choked her and threatened to hit her with a baseball bat after he showed up at her apartment, according to a police report.

Paul Gardner Puyet, 50, of Pawleys Island was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 9:14 a.m. Sunday. He is being held on $15,000 bond.

The charge stemmed from police being called at 6:30 a.m. Sunday to 1350 McMaster Drive after a neighbor reported hearing a woman screaming and a man threatening to hit her with a baseball bat, according to the report.

The victim, a 45-year-old woman told police that she used to be in a relationship with Puyet, but it ended in August, and he showed up at her apartment Sunday intoxicated, according to the report.

The victim said Puyet put her in a headlock, threw her to the ground and then picked up the bat and threatened her.

The victim said she was able to get away and ran out of the apartment and through the parking lot, but Puyet chased after her until police arrived, according to the report.

Officers noted Puyet jumped from a chair in an aggressive manner while they were talking to him before they took him into custody.

Puyet also denied there was a bat in the apartment, but officers saw it leaned next to a door.

From staff reports