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6-month investigation leads to arrest of two 'well-known crack cocaine dealers'

Katrell Cooke (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center) Katrell Cooke (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center)
Tarik Shiggs (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center) Tarik Shiggs (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center)
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A pair of "well-known" crack cocaine dealers, according to Kershaw County drug investigators, were busted on distribution charges following a 6-month multi-county and federal drug investigation.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested Katrell Cooke, 36, and Tarik Omar Shiggs, 32, are charged with multiple counts of trafficking crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine in proximity to a school.

Sheriff's investigators, DEA agents, and Fairfield County deputies began investigating the pair and compiling evidence against them in early 2014.

In the past few months, deputies say, they made several large cocaine buys from both men through undercover agents.

Both men have extensive criminal backgrounds, according to deputies.

"We believe that Katrell Cooke and Tarik Shiggs were the two largest suppliers of crack cocaine in Kershaw County," said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews in a statement. "They supplied the smaller dealers and have been doing so for a long time. These arrests should put a huge dent in the availability of crack cocaine in Kershaw County, at least for the short term. Cooke and Shiggs can join the countless other drug dealers in prison who never thought they would get caught."

Shiggs and Cooke are currently booked at the Kershaw County Detention Center. Bond was denied for both.

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