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Monday, March 19, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) on Thursday March 15, 2012 arrested four individuals and seized about 28 grams of cocaine they intended to distribute. The cocaine has a street value of about $2,000, based on a street sales value of about $100 per gram of cocaine.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers arrested Gloria Jean Buckner, 39, of Lexington, Eric Ernesto Blackmon, 52, of West Columbia, Curtis Wilson Ruff, 44, of Lexington, and Tyrone Winfred Pringle, 44, of Columbia, at 2038 Airport Boulevard in the West Columbia area of Lexington County on Thursday. Buckner is charged with trafficking cocaine, Blackmon is charged with distribution of cocaine, Ruff is charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and Pringle is charged with possession of marijuana. Pringle was released from the Lexington County Detention Center on March, 16 on a personal recognizance bond. Blackmon, Buckner, and Ruff remain incarcerated at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Officers arrested the four suspects after receiving anonymous tips from citizens of drug sales at The Rock Sports Bar, 2038 Airport Boulevard, West Columbia, Metts said. Officers conducted a several month investigation before making the arrests on Thursday.

Metts encourages citizens who want to report illegal drug activity, can do so anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or call the NET Hotline at (803) 785-8411.

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 the enforcement of drug laws across Lexington County.

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