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Home  |  News  |  OFFICERS ARREST FOUR MEN AND SEIZE COCAINE AND CRACK COCAINE WORTH MORE THAN $15,000

OFFICERS ARREST FOUR MEN AND SEIZE COCAINE AND CRACK COCAINE WORTH MORE THAN $15,000
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) arrested four men and seized more than 150 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine that had a street value of more than $15,000 after officers conducted a two-month undercover investigation concerning drug dealing that occurred at a home on Gardners Terrace Road near Gaston. Officers also seized nearly $2,000 in cash and four handguns.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Shane Diquan Brooks, 17, of 135 Glenn Road, West Columbia, on arrest warrants on five counts of distributing crack cocaine. Brooks was being held on Tuesday, February 21 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $125,000.

NET officers arrested James Alexander Gillings, Sr., 29, of 433 Gardners Terrace Road, Gaston, on arrest warrants on one count of trafficking in cocaine, one count of trafficking in crack cocaine, two counts of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and one count of unlawfully possessing a weapon, Metts said. Gillings was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $295,000.

NET officers arrested Charles Eric Jackson, 34, of 101 Gillins Terrace, West Columbia, on an arrest warrant on a charge of possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it, Metts said. Jackson was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

NET officers arrested Jamie Shannon Walker, 35, of 3846 Highway 321, West Columbia, on arrest warrants on two counts of unlawfully possessing a weapon and one count of possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it, Metts said.

Walker was released from the county Detention Center on Friday, February 17 after posting bail totaling $45,000, Metts said.

During the two-month undercover investigation, NET officers determined that cocaine and crack cocaine were being sold at Gillings’ home on Gardners Terrace Road, Metts said.

As a result of conducting the investigation, officers seized about 113 grams of cocaine that had a street value of about $11,300, about 40 grams of crack cocaine that had a street value of about $4,000 and $1,980 in cash, Metts said. Officers also seized one Hi Point 9-mm handgun, one .357-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, one .357-caliber Colt Trooper handgun and one additional handgun.

Metts said the case remains under investigation. The sheriff said NET officers might arrest additional persons in connection with the undercover drug investigation.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional illegal drug activity in Lexington County to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

NET is comprised of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Irmo Police Department, Lexington Police Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Metts said. The sheriff and municipal police chiefs implemented NET in 2001 in order to enhance drug enforcement in Lexington County.

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