Sumter County sheriff’s son’s drug cases go to grand jury

Published: Dec. 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM EST
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Marvin English (Source: Sumter-Lee Detention Center)
Marvin English (Source: Sumter-Lee Detention Center)

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A Sumter County grand jury will decide whether to indict four felony drug charges against Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis' son. Dennis' drug unit nabbed 27 year old Marvin English in a drug investigation Dec. 7.

Prosecutors held a preliminary hearing on Jan. 4 to have a judge determine whether there was enough evidence against English to move forward. The judge ruled there was. The case now moved on to the grand jury for indictment.

Dennis told WIS in December he would not ask an outside agency to prosecute multiple drug charges against his oldest son. Dennis turned the cases over to solicitor Chip Finney and the sheriff's investigators will prosecute the cases against English.

Dennis or the solicitor could have asked the Attorney General's office to prosecute the case.

Deputies arrested English and charged him with four counts of manufacturing and distributing cocaine. A judge set English's bond at $10,000. Sumter County narcotics investigator, Robert Skinner served English with four warrants at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

Dennis' deputies arrested English, along with 8 others in a 6 month long drug investigation. The operations focused on the Rembert area of Sumter County.

The investigation started sometime in June when an undercover informant bought drugs from English, according to investigators. The buy happened Sept. 28 at a home on T.B. Wright road. English's warrant states the informant, "working under the direction and supervision of the Sumter County Drug Unit," bought crack cocaine from English, "using documented funds."

A second buy took place two days later, again using "documented funds," supplied by the Sumter County Sheriff's office, according to the warrants.

Two more buys happened Oct. 7and again on Oct. 20, according to investigators when an informant bought crack cocaine from English on T.B. Wright Road. The Oct. 20 drug buy totaled $100, according to the warrant.

Deputies told WIS they seized one firearm and $1,214. The charged are:

Rontez Kennedy
Lennie Belton
Trevon Alston
Tywan Ransom
Abram Fleming
Tyrell Kershaw
Cruise Anderson
Jonnifer Halley

Sumter County deputies arrested English Dec. 7, after he turned himself in. SLRDC officers then took English to the Kershaw County Detention Center for "safe keeping," according to officials there. SLRDC officers returned to KCDC Dec. 8 around 7 a.m. and took English back to Sumter County. English was released on bond around 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

There is no word yet on a trial date in this case.

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