27 indicted in SC drug trafficking investigation, more forthcoming

27 indicted in SC drug trafficking investigation, more forthcoming
Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 7:25 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 at 7:10 AM EDT
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(WIS) - 27 people have been indicted as a result of a statewide investigation on heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana trafficking.

The organization was largely operating in the Midlands of South Carolina, primarily Lexington and Richland counties, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Starting in May of 2015, the State Grand Jury returned 21 indictments alleging multiple, but connected charges and conspiracies that each related to trafficking 28 grams or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, firearms-related charges, charges concerning unlawful conduct toward children, and other crimes.

This investigation has primarily focused upon a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking organization led by residents of the Midlands to traffic large quantities of narcotics from out-of-state sources.

These traffickers directed drug deliveries, sales, payments, and other trafficking-related activities of co-conspirators who were operating under their direction.

The investigation is still ongoing and is being conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) with assistance and cooperation from the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Lexington County Sheriff's Office, Irmo Police Department, Columbia Police Department, and the United States Postal Service.

Bond hearings are expected to take place Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General David A. Fernandez, Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General S. Creighton Waters, and Assistant Attorney General Joshua R. Underwood.

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