61 Arrested During Drug Operation
Lancaster, SC (Friday, 01/24/2014) – On Thursday January 23rd, 2014 the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office concluded an undercover drug operation that began approximately 1 year ago. This operation was a joint action conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division.
Men and women from these agencies were organized into several Strike Teams to implement a proactive law enforcement response in the county under the moniker, “Stamp Out”. This operation is the culmination ofalmost a year’s worth of drug and narcotic investigations. One of the primary objectives of the operation was to target suppliers dealing with larger quantities of drugs working upward into the leadership of the drug trade in Lancaster County. Another objective was to serve warrants targeting drug offenders, and others with outstanding warrants throughout Lancaster County.
During the course of the operation, 61 individuals werecharged with 117 offenses. Those charges include TraffickingMarijuana, Trafficking Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Schedule IIControlled Substances, Distribution and Possession with Intent to DistributeMarijuana, Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine,Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Distribution andPossession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances, and Weapons lawviolations.
During the operation investigators seized 32 grams of crack cocaine, 629 grams of cocaine, 343 doses of prescription controlled substances,27 pounds of marijuana, 12 firearms, and more than $10,000 in cash. The estimated total value of the seizures is approximately $70,000.
The general objectives of the operation were to target the drug trade in Lancaster County and target specific high-crime areas.In addition, “Stamp Out” has promoted communication, coordination and cooperation within the elements of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division and will help foster greater community confidence in Law Enforcement within Lancaster County. Sheriff Barry S. Faile continues to follow the goals he set for this agency when he first took office in 2009. Sheriff Barry S. Faile said, “This latest crackdown is merely another phase in our ongoing battle to get illicit drugs off our streets and keep them off our streets for as long as we can. Many of these offenders are also linked to violent crimes that occur in our County and we are committed to getting them off the street. All of the officers involved in this operation worked extremely hard to make this operation a success and I am grateful for that hard work." Faile added, “I want everyone who is dealing drugs in Lancaster County to know that we are always watching and always working to find you. You will be caught.”