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Friday, July 27, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) arrested a 38-year-old West Columbia man and 34-year-old West Columbia man on arrest warrants that were obtained as a result of a five-month undercover investigation that NET officers conducted concerning the sale of crack cocaine at a home at 3728 Colony Park Lane near West Columbia. Earlier this month, officers arrested 12 persons on drug charges, including distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and attempted possession of crack cocaine.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said NET officers on Friday, July 27 arrested Don Cornelius Gillings, 38, of 210 Leica Lane, West Columbia, on arrest warrants on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine and third-or-subsequent offense of distributing crack cocaine. Officers arrested Gillings following a traffic stop on U.S. 21 near West Columbia.

Gillings was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 27, Metts said. Gillings was being held on Friday at the Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Officers arrested Charles Eric Jackson, 34, of 101 Gillins Terrace Road, West Columbia, on Wednesday, July 25, on arrest warrants on two counts of third-or-subsequent offense of distributing crack cocaine, Metts said. Jackson was booked at the county Detention Center at 10:54 a.m. on Wednesday. Jackson was being held on Friday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $100,000.

NET officers initiated the undercover investigation after receiving numerous complaints about drug dealing at the Colony Park Lane home, Metts said. During the course of the investigation, officers saw as many as 30 motor vehicles in one hour drive up to the home in order to buy crack cocaine at the residence.

The case remains under investigation, Metts said. The sheriff said NET officers might arrest additional persons in connection with the undercover investigation of drug dealing at the Colony Park Lane home.

Metts asked anyone with information about 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 and Lexington Police Department, 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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