KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Years of information and months of surveillance led Kershaw County investigators to arresting a suspected heroin dealer.
Ronald Jason Boone, 32, of Camden, was arrested Feb. 4 and is charged with trafficking heroin, distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin within proximity to a school, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
Sheriff Jim Matthews said narcotics investigators were able to make a controlled purchase of heroin from Boone in January. Investigators continued surveillance on Boone, and in early February, they got information he received a large shipment of heroin.
Deputies located Boone at his Camden home when they found about 2 ounces of heroin, 1.5 ounces of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills on him for which he did not have a prescription.
"Along with other drug abuse in our county, heroin has some of the most devastating effects," Matthews said. "Heroin abuse in South Carolina and across the United States is on the increase as are heroin overdose deaths. Our investigators are determined to not let the heroin problem get out of control here like it is in other places.".
Boone was taken to Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains on a $200,000 bond. Matthews said he is facing 25 to 40 years if convicted.
Matthews said Boone was previously arrested for numerous narcotics violations since 2003, as well as multiple counts of receiving stolen goods, possession of a stolen vehicle, and shoplifting charges.