Year-Long Heroin Trafficking Investigation Lands 14 in Jail

Investigation into Heroin Trafficking Leads to 14 Arrests, 5 Suspects Still Sought

heroin traffickingA year-long investigation into heroin trafficking in Sumter County has led to the arrests of 14 suspects. Police are still searching for five suspects.

The heroin trafficking investigation was a joint effort between the Sumter Police Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, with help from the Orangeburg Police Department, state Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, Immigration Services, and federal Homeland Security.

Officers seized drug paraphernalia, heroin and other drugs, and guns in connection with the heroin trafficking operation which they began investigating in April 2013. Among items seized were 11 grams of crack cocaine, 27 grams of cocaine, 7 grams of heroin, 15 grams of marijuana, and $9,877 in cash.

Between October and November 2013, officers arrested the following suspects:

Tuesday, April 1st, investigators arrested:

Police are still searching for the five following suspects in the heroin trafficking investigation:

  • Jeffery Dewayne Sanders, 28
  • Sherman Desmond Coleman, 32
  • Travies Auntwan Isaac Gray, 23
  • Tony Bell, 30
  • Stanley Jerome Pinckney, 24

If you know where to find the people listed above, or if you have any information regarding the investigation, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Drug Charges from Simple Possession to Heroin Trafficking

The penalties for a drug trafficking conviction in South Carolina are severe. Your rights, freedom, and future are at stake.

Trafficking charges are based upon the weight of the drug you are in possession of:

Penalties for drug trafficking can include a minimum sentencing of 25 years. Trafficking and distribution offenses are considered violent, no-parole offenses and a conviction can certainly have you serving the full time you are sentenced to.

Drug charges, including methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or prescription drugs, need to be examined from every angle, and in many cases are subject to mandatory minimum sentences. Aggressive representation can protect your future. Drug crime charges and drug busts in South Carolina are very serious. If you have been charged with possession, trafficking, or manufacturing drugsthe attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today by calling (803)252-4800.

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