Grand jury indicts 15 'Paid Family' gang members for trafficking - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

OTHER

Grand jury indicts 15 'Paid Family' gang members for trafficking drugs through Columbia airport

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced the indictments of 15 people. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced the indictments of 15 people.
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Attorney General Alan Wilson and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott say they’ve brought down a gang known as the “Paid Family.”

The two were joined by others as they announced indictments against 15 people on Wednesday who says those accused helped bring more than a hundred pounds of marijuana into South Carolina.

The indictment says all fifteen possessed, sold, manufactured, delivered, purchased, conspired, or brought into the state “one hundred pounds or more of marijuana.”

The indictment says most of the marijuana was trafficked into Lexington and Richland Counties, primarily through the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Indicted by the grand jury are Barry Reed, Jr., Anthony Brevard, Van Buren Fore, IV, Corey Sanders, Jason Spann, Calvin Rockmore, Roscoe Holmes, III, Derek Benders, Cedric Ward, Xavier Coad, Jessica Walker, Labrenzo Rish, Sharon Telford, Derrick Randolph, and Marquis Watkins, Jr.

“The allegations in these indictments describe an armed gang that carried out a long-running conspiracy which brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Thanks to the great work of the State Grand Jury and state and local law enforcement, we’ve shut it down.”

A separate indictment charges three of the accused - Reed, Brevard, and Telford - with more counts, including money laundering and weapons charges. It says some of the accused used a business Sheriff Lott calls a “front” to commit the crimes.

“From on or about some time in May 2014 until the present …(Reed and Telford) entered into a conspiracy with the object of laundering proceeds of Reed’s trafficking of illegal drugs,” the indictment explains. “(Reed and Telford conducted) financial transactions with the proceeds of his illegal drug trafficking through a business entity known as ‘Family Trucking LLC.’”

According to the indictment, Brevard, meanwhile, is facing three separate counts for possessing three separate handguns during the crimes. Both indictments also say gang activity was one of the driving forces behind the crimes.

Sheriff Leon Lott says the indictments are largely related to a case the Richland County Sheriff’s Department worked last spring.

The Lexington indictment claims that from May 2014 through March 2017 the 15 defendants brought more than 100 pounds of marijuana into Lexington County, primarily through the Columbia Airport. The alleged main source of the marijuana was Cedrick Montrell Ward, an active duty military serviceman stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington State.

All defendants are facing a charge of trafficking marijuana 100 pounds or more, which carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

  • Barry Reed is facing the following additional possible sentences:
    • Conspiracy to commit money laundering--5 years or $5,000
    • Three counts of money laundering—up to 20 years, $500,000 fine or both
    •  Possession with intent to distribute—up to 5 years or fine up to $5,000
  • Sharon Telford, his mother, is facing the following additional sentences:
    • Conspiracy to commit money laundering—5 years or $5,000
    • Two counts of money laundering—up to 20 years, $500,000 fine or both
  • Anthony Brevard is facing the following additional sentences:
    • Possession with intent to distribute—up to 5 years or fine up to $5,000
    •  Possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime—up to 5 years each on three counts

The following arrest warrants have also been issued in the case:

  • Barry Reed
    • TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA (Richland) 10 POUNDS OR MORE, 1-10 yrs. AND $10,000
  •  Cedrick Ward (active duty service member stationed at Ft. Lewis)
    • TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA (Richland) 10 POUNDS OR MORE, 1-10 yrs. AND $10,000
    • Possession of a firearm during the commission of violent crime, 5 yrs.
  • Eddie Bostic (active duty service member stationed at Ft. Bragg)
    • TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA (Richland) 10 POUNDS OR MORE, 1-10 AND $10,000
    •  Possession of a firearm during the commission of violent crime, 5 yrs.

The investigation remains ongoing.  Individuals associated with this group are considered armed and dangerous and any citizens with information on the Paid Family and its associates should contact Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

You can view the indictment below. 

Copyright 2018 WIS. All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

    Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-04-19 20:56:14 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 3:01 AM EDT2018-04-20 07:01:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo). Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina, left, speaks next to Deputy Joana Warren outside of the sheriff's homicide bureau office in Monterey Park, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigato...(AP Photo/Mike Balsamo). Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina, left, speaks next to Deputy Joana Warren outside of the sheriff's homicide bureau office in Monterey Park, Calif., Thursday, April 19, 2018. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigato...
    Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was...More >>
    Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed him.More >>
  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

    Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:33 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:33:17 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 3:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 07:03:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Luc Novovitch, File). FILE - In this May 16, 1994 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush reads to a group of children at the Clinton Family Inn, a shelter run by Homes for the Homeless in New York. Promoting literacy was a longtime cause ...(AP Photo/Luc Novovitch, File). FILE - In this May 16, 1994 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush reads to a group of children at the Clinton Family Inn, a shelter run by Homes for the Homeless in New York. Promoting literacy was a longtime cause ...

    Barbara Bush came up with the idea of focusing on literacy as first lady during a jog in 1978, the year her husband considered his first run for president.

    More >>

    Barbara Bush came up with the idea of focusing on literacy as first lady during a jog in 1978, the year her husband considered his first run for president.

    More >>
  • Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

    Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:12:45 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 3:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 07:03:02 GMT
    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

    More >>

    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

    More >>
  • Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:02:22 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 3:00 AM EDT2018-04-20 07:00:40 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    More >>

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly