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Myrtle Beach area G-Shine gang members plead guilty to drug trafficking

Gang roundup in Horry County

U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon announced Thursday at a news conference that 24 people have been arrested, with more still wanted, as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking group known as the "G Shine" gang .
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U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon announced Thursday at a news conference that 24 people have been arrested, with more still wanted, as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking group known as the "G Shine" gang .

More than 30 Horry County gang members have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in federal court after a months-long investigation, according to federal officials.

The Horry County and Myrtle Beach “drug traffickers” were indicted nearly nine months ago after a federal wiretap investigation into the G-Shine/SMG gang. All 33 pleaded guilty.

“When we lock arms with our local, state, and federal agencies to get the most violent offenders off our streets, our communities notice an immediate and sustained positive impact,” U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Sherri Lydon said in a release.

“In the first half of 2017, there were 14 homicides in Horry County. After the Operation Rise and Shine takedown, that number dropped to three homicides in the first half of this year. Robberies and aggravated assaults have also noticeably declined. This case demonstrates the effectiveness of the Project Safe Neighborhoods model, and we will continue to replicate it across the state as we combat violent crime and the opioid epidemic.”

Investigators say the 33 were members and/or associates of a drug trafficking organization known by the name “G-Shine,” formerly known as Gangster Killer Bloods. G-Shine is a Bloods gang set that evolved from the United Blood Nation in the late 1990s.

Officials previously said they began in early 2017 “a covert investigation of a large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in the Myrtle Beach and Horry County areas of south Carolina.”

A majority of the defendants pleaded guilty within weeks of being arrested in the Dec. 12, 2018, “takedown,” Lydon said. Two other defendants pleaded guilty in July.

The other defendants will likely be sentenced within the coming weeks, authorities said. Here are the 26 defendants who have been sentenced:

  • Christopher Kayvon Giddens, of Longs, sentenced to 198 months
  • Kennis Lorenzo Willard, of Longs, sentenced to 121 months
  • Aaron Delond Stanley, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 120 months
  • Farentino Santonia Green, of Conway, sentenced to 120 months
  • Christopher Lamont Pino, of Little River, sentenced to 120 months
  • Trey Levert Cox, of Poplar, sentenced to 120 months
  • Richard Earl Hemingway Jr., of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 108 months
  • Rashea Omar Jenerette, of Poplar, sentenced to 84 months
  • Shaquille Anthony Gore, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 84 months
  • Ralph Cleodus Willard Jr., of Little River, sentenced to 72 months
  • Cory Antwan Pertell, of Loris, sentenced to 60 months
  • Glen Garrick Holley, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 60 months
  • Crystal Nicole Dickey, of Little River, sentenced to 54 months
  • Dennis Tyron Chestnut, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 46 months
  • Montea Daryel Myers, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 41 months
  • Marcus Antonio Hemingway, of Longs, sentenced to 36 months
  • Donte Raquan Xavier Livingston, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 36 months
  • Jada Teal Abril Pyatt, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 36 months
  • Myland Castelle Davis, of Conway, sentenced to 30 months
  • Xavier Jermaine Horne, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 30 months
  • Eddie Mario Jones, of Myrtle Beach, sentenced to 30 months
  • Wendy Elaine Blue, of Longs, sentenced to 30 months
  • Kalaera Marie Gee, of Aynor, sentenced to 21 months
  • Blake Lashay Evans, of Longs, sentenced to 18 months
  • Terrance Damon Richardson Jr., of Longs, sentenced to 12 months
  • Katelyn Anne Stetler, of Little River, sentenced to time served
The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.
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