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Greenwood County officers arrest 33 in drug raids

From top: Christie L. Cooley, Toby Tyrell Deal, Jayme Amanda Grag, Travis Senchale Johnson, James Rice, Barry Marcus Williams, O.C. Anderson III From top: Christie L. Cooley, Toby Tyrell Deal, Jayme Amanda Grag, Travis Senchale Johnson, James Rice, Barry Marcus Williams, O.C. Anderson III
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GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A series of early morning raids in Greenwood County Monday led to the arrests of more than a dozen suspected drug dealers, officials say.

Officers have arrested 33 people, and the seven pictured to the right are still at large, and considered wanted. 

A 20-member group of GCSO Vice Agents, uniformed deputies, and investigators also seized one vehicle, three weapons, 1.4 ounces of methamphetamine, ½ ounce of marijuana, and more than $2,000 in cash during the raids and arrests.

"We suspect that these dealers represent mid-to-lower level sales," says Sheriff Dan Wideman, "but we have to work these cases simultaneously with the more complex ones.  Focusing all of your efforts at street-level dealers doesn't work, nor does focusing only on the big fish."

Deputies arrested 14 suspected dealers in as many hours on Monday and have previously arrested 19 persons during these investigations.

One suspect has been arrested in Alabama, and is being held without bail there. Vice agents and GCSO pilots will fly there early Wednesday morning to extradite Jason Lee Lawson back to Greenwood County, where officials say he will likely face a magistrate for a bond hearing later that day.

Deputies began the roundup operation by conducting a pre-dawn raid at the Andrews Street residence of Joseph Daniel Bannister. Vice agents arrested Bannister at the residence and immediately executed a search warrant there. Agents say they located and seized approximately 40 grams (1.4 ounces) of methamphetamine, financial records, drug paraphernalia, a 12 gauge shotgun, a 30-30 rifle, a loaded .38 revolver, and a 2000 Chevy pickup truck.

Deputies arrested the following people:

  • Joseph Daniel Bannister (30, Greenwood) Trafficking in Ice 28-100 grams 2nd Drug Offense; Possession with Intent to Distribute Ice Proximity School or Park; Distribution of Sched. II Controlled Substance; Distribution of Sched. II Controlled Substance Proximity School or Park, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Felony.
  • Darris Anthony Brooks (27, Greenwood) Distribution Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, Distribution Cocaine proximity of School or Park.
  • Ernest Johnson, Jr. (28, Greenwood) Distribution Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, Distribution Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Sam Olin Jones (46, Bradley) Distribution of Sched. III Controlled Substance, Distribution of Sched. III Controlled Substance Proximity School or Park.
  • Clarence Martin (41, Greenwood) Distribution Crack 3rd Drug Offense, Distribution Crack Proximity of School or Park.
  • Johnny Dexter McBride (30, Ninety Six, SC) Simple Possession Marijuana.
  • Lionel PARKS (25, Greenwood, SC) Simple Possession Marijuana.
  • Seth O'maral Pope (23, Greenwood, SC) Distribution Crack Cocaine.
  • Jesse Sibert, Jr. (34, Greenwood, SC) Distribution Cocaine, Distribution Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Xavier Earl Sibert (28, Greenwood, SC) Distribution Cocaine, Distribution Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Bobby Gerald Sorrow, Jr. (34, Greenwood, SC) Distribution Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, Distribution Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Laurie Lyn Steele (36, Greenwood) Distribution of Sched. IV Controlled Substance, Distribution of Sched. IV Controlled Substance Proximity School or Park.
  • Kenneth Andre Thompkins (55, Greenwood) Distribution Marijuana (2 counts), Distribution Marijuana Proximity School or park (2 counts).
  • Nathaniel Wideman (48, Troy) Distribution Crack Cocaine 2nd Drug Offense, Distribution Crack Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.

        Previously Arrested during the Investigation:

  • Angela Marie Adams (30, Greenwood) Distribution Methamphetamine.
  • Carlos Lamont Anderson (25, Greenwood) Distribution Crack Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, Poss. with Intent to Distribution Marijuana 3rd Drug Offense, PWID Marijuana Proximity School or Park, Trafficking Crack Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, PWID Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Pamela Jean Bowie (45, Greenwood) Distribution Crack 3rd Drug Offense, Distribution Crack Proximity of School or Park.
  • Harold Stewart Crowder (31, Hodges) Distribution Methamphetamine.
  • James Brandon Destaffno (32, Laurens) Poss. with Intent to Distribution Methamphetamine, Poss. with Intent to Distribution Methamphetamine proximity School or Park.
  • Teresa Elaine Hinton (36, Greenwood) Distribution Methamphetamine, Distribution Methamphetamine Proximity School or Park.
  • Brandon Curtis Horne (27, Greenwood) Distribution of Sched. IV Controlled Substance, Simple Possession Marijuana.
  • Kevin Patrick Human (30, Greenville) Possession Marijuana 2nd Offense, federal Probation Charges
  • Nieem A. Johnson (24, Greenwood) Distribution Cocaine 2nd Drug Offense, Distribution Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Donald James Merritt (26, Greenwood) Distribution Methamphetamine, Distribution Methamphetamine Proximity School or Park.
  • Carl Davis Miller (50, Greenwood) Distribution Crack, Distribution Crack Proximity of School or Park.
  • Amanda Jodon Prather (24, Greenwood) Distribution Methamphetamine.
  • Jamaica Jermaine Price (28, Greenwood) Distribution Marijuana, Distribution Marijuana Proximity School or Park, Distribution Cocaine, Distribution Cocaine Proximity of School or Park.
  • Frederick Maurice Rosemond (31, Greenwood, SC) Poss. with Intent to Dist Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, Poss. with Intent to Dist Cocaine Proximity School or Park, Poss. with Intent to Distribution Crack Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense, Poss. with Intent to Distribution Crack Cocaine Proximity School or Park.
  • Jason Robert Sheppard (24, Greenwood) Distribution Methamphetamine, Distribution Methamphetamine Proximity School or Park.
  • Fredrick Muhammuad Taylor (24, Greenwood) Poss. with Intent to Distribution Marijuana, PWID Marijuana Proximity School or Park, Possession Ecstasy.
  • Anthony Dewayne Wideman (36, Greenwood) Attempt to Purchase Methamphetamine.
  • Thomas Joshua Wright (27, Greenwood) Distribution Cocaine, Poss. with Intent to Distribution Cocaine Proximity School or Park, Poss. Marijuana with Intent to Distribution, Poss. Marijuana with Intent to Distribution Proximity School or Park.

        Currently Wanted by GCSO:

  • O.C. Anderson III (23, Greenwood) Distribution Crack 3rd Drug Offense, Distribution Crack Proximity of School or Park.
  • Christie L. Cooley (35, Greenville) Poss. with Intent to Dist Methamphetamine.
  • Toby Tyrell Deal (23, Promised Land) Distribution Marijuana, Distribution Marijuana Proximity School or Park.
  • Jayme Amanda Grag (25, Greenville) Poss. with Intent to Dist Methamphetamine.
  • Travis Senchale Johnson (23, Greenwood) Distribution Ecstasy 2nd Drug Offense, Distribution Ecstasy Proximity School or Park.
  • James Rice (23, Greenwood) Distribution Marijuana, Distribution Marijuana Proximity School or Park.
  • Barry Marcus Williams (31, Greenwood) Possession Cocaine 3rd Drug Offense.

Sheriff Wideman asks that anyone with knowledge as to the immediate whereabouts of the suspects still at large contact Greenwood County 911 or Greenwood County Crimestoppers at  (864) 942-8727. Persons who wish to provide background information may contact GCSO Vice, Illegal Drugs, & Organized Crime (VIDOC) unit by calling (864) 942-8588.

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