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Saturday, January 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC - On the evening of January 9, 2014, agents and officers assigned to the FBI’s Columbia Violent Gang Task Force (CVGTF) served a federal search warrant at 142 B Pine Bluff Road, Gaston, SC. Agents found Haygood inside the mobile home along with cocaine, crack cocaine, drug scales, and other items used to cook and package crack cocaine next to a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on the kitchen counter. Haygood, who was the only occupant of the mobile home at the time agents executed the search warrant, had $1,938.00 in cash in his front pants pocket. During the course of the search agents found a secret compartment in a bedroom closet used to hide drugs and money. Agents found $10,000.00 in cash, along with more cocaine and crack cocaine inside the secret compartment. Agents also found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in the kitchen hidden behind an appliance. Agents believe Haygood used 142 B Pine Bluff Road to cook crack cocaine and distribute it to lower level drug dealers. In addition to the guns, drugs, and money, agents seized two Cadillac DeVilles which belonged to Haygood. The drugs seized from 142 B Pine Bluff Road have a street value of approximately $17,000.00.

Haygood was arrested and is being charged today, January 10, 2014, in a federal complaint which alleges he violated Title 21 United States Code (USC) Section 841, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine; Title 21USC Section 846, conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine; and Title 18 Section 924c, use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Haygood was a subject of an ongoing CVGTF investigation targeting violent street gangs and drug suppliers throughout the Midlands.

The CVGTF is part of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force initiative. The CVGTF is an investigative and enforcement partnership between the FBI, Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD), Columbia Police Department (CPD), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and the South Carolina National Guard Counterdrug Program.

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