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Home  |  News  |  Sumter County Completes "Fall Blitz" with 37 Arrests

Sumter County Completes "Fall Blitz" with 37 Arrests
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

 


Sumter County, SC (WLTX) - Dozens of suspects were arrested last week in Sumter County on drug charges, all a part of the sheriff's office's "Fall Blitz."

The charges range in severity from possession of moonshine, to violation of probation, to six counts of distribution of crack for one suspect. One of the larger goals for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, though, is to show the community that they're listening to complaints and working to keep them safe.

"Citizens give us complaints and we follow up these complaints," says Capt. Allen Dailey, "We try to maximize what we can and get the most people that we can to answer all the complaints that we have in the different areas."

That's what spawned the week-long operation that put 37 suspects behind bars. For Dailey and the rest of the deputies though, planning it took a little longer.

"We're constantly thinking of different ways to target our drug dealers. And this was an operation that lasted about four months, we worked on it about four months," he says.

There were about 50 officers working on it: from Lee County, City of Sumter and Sumter County. "That's our job, is to get the drug dealers off the streets. And make it safe for our community and our citizens," says Dailey, "Our object is to keep our officers safe while we're doing it and keep our citizens safe. So it's a lot of responsibility that goes into planning an operation like this."

For some of the suspects, it may not be the first - or last - time they hear the cuffs click. "Of these we arrested, some of them were repeat offenders," Dailey explains, "Unfortunately, they get bonded out and sometimes they're back on the streets doing the same thing and sometimes, you know, they're not. Just depends on the individual."

But Dailey hopes it changes some minds and gets others more involved. "We invite citizens and people in the community to call us and give us information, because they might have one piece of the puzzle that we need to finish the puzzle and get the job done," he says.

The suspects arrested in the blitz came from all parts of the county. If you live in Sumter and know of something illegal going on in your neighborhood, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the Sumter County Sheriff's Office to let them know.

Here is a complete list of suspects arrested in the operation:

- Joseph Allen, 31, 6 Counts Distribution of Crack, 2nd

- Brian Bailey, 24, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

- Lennie Belton, 22, Distribution of Crack 1st

- Rico Bennett, 25, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack, Possession of Marijuana

- Kenan Bethea, 19, 2 Counts Distribution of Marijuana, 1st

- James Billie, 25, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack

- James Bracey, 35, Violation of Probation

-Jeffrey Brunson, 29, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Distribution of Crack, Distribution of Marijuana

- Kuamane Colclough, 20, 4 Counts Distribution of Marijuana, 1st

- Lucius Davis, 31, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack

- Romero Davis, 20, Distribution of Marijuana, 1st

- Warren Davis, 27, 5 Counts Distribution of Marijuana 2nd, Distribution of Crack 2nd, Distribution of Controlled Substance, 3 Counts Distribution of within a 1/2 mile of school

- Sheridan Dicks, 30, 6 Counts Distribution of Crack, 5 Counts Distribution within a 1/2 mile of a park

- Abram Fleming, 28, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack, Open Container, Reckless Driving

- Shaquell Graham, 18, Distribution of Marijuana, 3 Counts Distribution of Crack

- Thomas Hunter, 25, Possession of Crack, 3 Counts Distribution of Marijuana, Manufacturing Marijuana

- Jennifer Joe, 34, Distribution of Prescription Drug

- Torrie Johnson, 24, 2 Counts of Distribution of Crack

- Herschel Maple, 28, Distribution of Marijuana 1st, Family Court Bench Warrant

- Angelina McCray, 35, Bench Warrant for Open Container

- Jeremy McCray, 21, Violation of Probation

- Cedrick Moore, 28, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack

- Israel Nelson, 68, Possession of Moonshine

- Kandra Nelson, 21, 2 Counts Distribution of Crack 1st

- Brukei Peoples, 25, Driving Under Suspension, Operating Uninsured, Failure to Signal

- Travis Ray, 30, 2 Counts of Distribution of Marijuana 1st

- Wayne Rogers, Jr., 23, Bench Warrant for Driving Under Suspension, Bench Warrant for Open Container

- Arkeylin Scott, 18, Possession of Marijuana

- Gregory Sigler, 21, Trespassing After Notice

- Robert Simon, 20, 2 Counts Distribution of Marijuana 1st

- Harvey Skinner, 23, Distribution of Marijuana 1st

- Shaquanna Spencer, 21, Possession of Marijuana

- Rasheed Sumpter, 21, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack

- Todd Sutton, 23, Speeding, Possession of Marijuana

- Troun Teneyek, 31, 2 Counts Distribution of Controlled Substance, Distribution of Prescription Drugs

- Bennie Webb, 24, Possession of Marijuana 2nd

- Kendrell Westberry, 24, 4 Counts Distribution of Marijuana 1st

- Ante Witherspoon, 24, 2 Counts Distribution of Cocaine 2nd or sub

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/152031/2/Sumter-County-Completes-Fall-Blitz-with-37-Arrests

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