Recreation Commission director busted on drug charges

Published: May. 28, 2016 at 9:56 AM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2016 at 1:58 PM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department has arrested a top manager of the Richland County Recreation Commission on charges including weapon possession and multiple counts of drug trafficking and possession.
38-year-old James Anthony Brown was taken into custody Friday in Richland County, and is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Brown is the son of Commission Executive Director James Brown III.
The younger Brown is listed as the agency's Director of Recreation. He is one of several members of Executive Director Brown's family holding management positions at the Commission.
Three of the seven drug charges filed against James Anthony Brown accuse him of distribution or possession near a school.
The arrest comes as the sheriff's department, SLED and the FBI are conducting investigations into a variety of allegations against James Brown III and others linked to the Commission.
Five lawsuits have been filed by current and former employees. The complaints cover a range of allegations from kickbacks and misuse of county resources to harassment and intimidation.
Criticism of the agency and its leadership has also prompted members of the Richland legislative delegation to call for county council oversight of the Commission's operations.

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