CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon announced Thursday a major drug bust that took place in Horry County.
Lydon announced that 27 defendants have been charged with 46 federal counts stemming from a drug trafficking conspiracy in Horry County. The suspects are members or associates of an organization called “G-Shine.”
According to Lydon, G-Shine is a Bloods gang set that evolved from the United Blood Nation in the late 1990s. The group originated in the New York and New Jersey area before migrating along the East Coast.
The criminal enterprise now has sets and subsets in multiple states, including N.Y., N.J., North Carolina and South Carolina, Lydon said.
Shine Money Gang is a subset of G-Shine that is based in Longs, Lydon said. The gang’s members and associates sell heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine and other narcotics.
“When they sell those drugs, they use guns,” Lydon said.
She added that 24 of the 27 area defendants named in the federal indictment were taken into custody on Wednesday. Roughly 125 agents were involved in the operation, Lydon said.
According to the U.S. attorney, the search is on for the remaining three defendants.
“We have our sights set on you. The community wants to see you gone, we want you gone and we won’t rest until you are gone,” Lydon said.
Represented at the press conference were members of the Horry County Police Department, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit and other agencies.
Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill said law enforcement has been looking into this organization for years, but within the last nine months is when they started to laser focus on it.
“We’ll continue to focus in until we eradicate this whole group of folks," said Hill
Police believe the people charged in this case are involved in drug trafficking and violent crimes that have resulted in homicide in the Horry County area, although they’re not ready to cite which cases specifically just yet.
“Because we have to hone in on that, but right now they’re involved in drug trafficking. They could be involved in many other crimes and we’re going to look into that," he said.
Hill said tips from the community are crucial when it comes to investigating these cases, and although it may take a long time, they take every tip seriously.
Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said Wednesday’s bust was the result of a lot of work that took place over a long period of time.
“There’s an element in this county, in this community, that was dealt with yesterday,” Thompson said.
The suspects named in the federal indictment are:
- Aaron Delond Stanley, aka “Heat Santana”
- Richard Earl Hemingway, aka “Jeezy”
- Rashea Omar Jenerette, aka “Dog”
- Thurston Jay Hardiman, aka “Thirst”
- Christopher Lamont Pino, aka “Pine”
- Christopher Kayvon Giddens, aka “Brisk”
- Trey Levert Cox, aka “Cheese,” aka “Sosa”
- Terrance Damon Richardson, Jr., aka “Juicy”
- Kennis Lorenzo Willard, aka “Kilo”
- Terrice Bayshawn Livingston, aka “Biz”
- Crystal Nicole Dickey
- Cory Antwan Pertell
- Jada Teal Abril Pyatt
- Wendy Elaine Blue
- Michelle Denise McFee
- Kalaera Marie Gee
- Rondric Tykeme Smith
- Javarius Albert Grant Murray
- Eddie Mario Jones, aka “Coco”
- Marcus Antonio Hemingway, aka “Mark”
- Donte Raquan Xavier Livingston, aka “Bootsie”
- Xavier Jermaine Horne, aka “Rush”
- Montea Daryel Myers
- Glen Garrick Holley
- Michelle Lindsey Singleton
- Katelyn Anne Stetler
- Blake Lashay Evans, aka “Breezy”