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Orangeburg Co. sheriff's message to drug dealers: We're coming for you
Monday, October 3, 2011

ORANGEBURG, SC - Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell is taking a hard stand against drug dealers. In a recent news release announcing the arrests of two men in separate narcotics investigations, Ravenell sent a message to residents of Orangeburg County and the drug dealers that operate there.

On September 29, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Investigators went out in two early morning operations on Russell and Manning Streets resulting in two arrests as well as the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, and a weapon.

24-year-old Taquan Bookhard was arrested at his Russell St. home. According to an arrest warrant, investigators found cocaine and marijuana in his bedroom and he admitted to being a drug dealer. According to the sheriff's department, Bookhard's home is near a school. According to the sheriff's department, Bookhard has a prior drug conviction.

In a separate incident, Michael Ray Darby, Jr. was arrested at a home on Manning St, which is less than a half mile from Orangeburg Wilkinson High School. Investigators found 116 grams of cocaine in the home and Darby admitted that the drugs were his, according to an arrest warrant.

The two drug arrests won't be the last, according to the sheriff. “There is more to come for Orangeburg citizens who feel you are prisoners in your own homes and who are afraid to enjoy your yards and porches," said Ravenell. "We are coming to free you! I’m putting drug dealers on notice that if you refuse to stop selling drugs in our neighborhoods, we are coming."

"If you don’t care what happens to the people in this county because of narcotics, then we don’t care about locking you up!,” added the sheriff.

Bond was set on Bookhard at $175,000 cash or surety. Darby’s bond was set at $300,000 cash or surety.

Source: http://orangeburg.wistv.com/photo-gallery/crime/49915-orangeburg-co-sheriffs-message-drug-dealers-were-coming-you?page=2

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