A busy Thursday by the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit resulted in nine alleged drug dealers being taken off the streets of Georgetown County.
The DEU, in collaboration with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown Police Department, State Law Enforcement Division and U.S. Marshals, executed arrest warrants for various drug offenses after a couple of months of executing undercover buys from suspects, who were jailed in the Georgetown County Detention Center.
The roundup also produced an arrest of Raymond Keith, 26, who faces a federal indictment of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of marijuana.
“Most of these were street-level drug dealers … the kind of stand on the corner and sell the dope kind of guys,” said Matt Hooper, Deputy Commander of the DEU. “We just wanted to get them off the street. We have quite a few more to pick up.”
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The DEU enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals and SLED because one of the suspects lived in Williamsburg County but was coming to Georgetown County to sell his wares.
Others arrested were:
• Nicolas Morano, 37, charged with distribution of a schedule III substance;
• Tory Teron Thomas, 24, charged with distribution of crack cocaine;
• Sophia Loren Simmons, 40, charged with distribution of cocaine;
• Henry Jermaine Elliott, 38, charged with distribution of cocaine and possession with intent distribute marijuana;
• Earl L. Myers Jr., 26, charged with distribution of crack cocaine;
• Willie James Anderson, 61, charged with distribution of cocaine;
• Brandon Micheal Hanna, 24, charged with distribution of crack cocaine;
• and Maurice Javon Grant, 38, charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana.
Hooper hailed the collaborative effort of all involved in the DEU – which is funded by a grant through the S.C. Department of Public Safety that provides officers from local police and sheriff’s departments – for the success of the investigation.
“It’s about being able to get the manpower to make this happen,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without the cooperation of everyone.”