More than 20 people face federal drug charges after a county-wide roundup — one of the largest in Horry County in the last decade.
U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon announced Thursday at a news conference that 24 people have been arrested by 125 agents across the state. Lydon said three more people will soon be arrested.
Those arrested are believed to have connections to a gang called “G-Shine” and formerly known as “Gangster Killer Bloods.” According to a news release, G-Shine is a Bloods gang set “that evolved from the United Blood Nation in the late 1990s.”
After migrating along the East Coast, the gang has “sets” or “sub-groups” in multiple states, including the Shine Money Gang based in Longs, the release said.
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Officials 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.”
“This is a very large group with a lot of tentacles,” Horry County Police Chief Joe Hill said.
It’s believed the gang has been involved in shootings around the Myrtle Beach area officials said.
“These folks are involved in heroin trafficking, fentanyl and cocaine,” Hill added.
Jimmy Richardson, 15th Circuit Solicitor, told The Sun News the roundup was done through the partnership of local law enforcement and federal authorities. Richardson said it’s “one of the biggest roundups in the last decade.”
“We only pick certain cases to send up there (to federal court),” Richardson told The Sun News. “This is the first this year that we’ve worked from the ground up … because of this, you’re going to see a big benefit to our area by having participated in this federal roundup.”
Federal prisons, Richardson said, are not overcrowded.
“There is plenty of room,” he said. “The opportunity to work with our federal partners really opens up our chance to better serve our local citizens.”
Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said Thursday that Wednesday “was a good day” when they made several arrests.
“We will spare no resources to make sure this community is safe,” Lydon said at the news conference. “We will respond in force. We are here, and we aren’t going away.”
Speaking directly to those not yet arrested, Lydon said: “You are who we are looking for. We have our sights set on you. The community wants to see you gone. We want to see you gone. And we will not rest until we see you gone.”
The suspects — mostly from Myrtle Beach, Longs and Loris — are being held at the Florence County jail in Effingham.
Agencies investigating the case are the Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Myrtle Beach Police Department, Conway Police Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office.
Those arrested, listed below, face charges that include drug distribution conspiracy, distribution of heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
- Aaron Delond Stanley, aka “Heat Santana,” of Myrtle Beach
- Richard Earl Hemingway Jr., “Jeezy,” of Myrtle Beach
- Rashea Omar Jenerette, “Dog,” of Poplar
- Thurston Jay Hardiman, “Thirst,” of Longs
- Christopher Lamont Pino, “Pine,” of Little River
- Trey Levert Cox, “Cheese” or “Sosa,” of Poplar
- Terrance Damon Richardson Jr., “Juicy,” of Longs
- Kennis Lorenzo Willard, “Kilo,” of Longs
- Terrice Bayshawn Livingston, “Biz,” of Longs
- Crystal Nicole Dickey, of Little River
- Cory Antwan Pertell, of Loris
- Jada Teal Abril Pyatt, of Myrtle Beach
- Wendy Elaine Blue, of Longs
- Michelle Denise McFee, of Little River
- Kalaera Marie Gee, of Marion
- Javarius Albert Grant Murray, of Myrtle Beach
- Eddie Mario Jones, “Coco,” of Myrtle Beach
- Marcus Antonio Hemingway, “Mark,” of Longs
- Donte Raquan Xavier Livingston, “Bootsie,” of Myrtle Beach
- Xavier Jermaine Horne, “Rush,” of Myrtle Beach
- Montea Daryel Myers, of Myrtle Beach
- Glen Garrick Holley, of Myrtle Beach
- Michelle Lindsey Singleton, of Myrtle Beach
- Blake Lashay Evans, “Breezy”
The FBI says it’s looking for Christopher Kayvon Giddens, aka “Brisk” of Longs; Rondric Tykeme Smith, of Conway; and Katelyn Ann Stetler, of Little River. If you have information on their whereabouts, you’re asked to call the FBI Columbia tip line at 803-551-4200.