Lancaster County Makes Major Drug Trafficking Arrests
LANCASTER, SC – On Thursday the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug/Gang Task Force launched a crime suppression initiative that spanned across Lancaster County.
The operation was the culmination of more than a year’s worth of drug and narcotic investigations. One of the primary objectives of the operation was to target suppliers dealing with larger quantities of drugs working upward into the leadership of the drug trade in Lancaster County. Another objective was to serve warrants targeting drug offenders, and others with outstanding warrants throughout Lancaster County.
During the course of the operation, 79 individuals were charged with 145 offenses (137 felony charges). Those charges range from simple possession of drugs, distribution, manufacturing, to trafficking narcotics. Other charges included firearm offenses, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, and traffic related charges. During the operation multiple firearms (some stolen), narcotics, a stolen motorcycle, and a stolen four wheeler were seized/recovered.
Sheriff Barry S. Faile said, “This latest crackdown is merely another phase in our ongoing battle to get illicit drugs off our streets and keep them off our streets for as long as we can. Many of these offenders are also linked to violent crimes that occur in our County and we are committed to getting them off the street. All of the officers involved in this operation worked extremely hard to make this operation a success and I am grateful for that hard work." Faile added, “I want everyone who is dealing drugs in Lancaster County to know that the nature of these investigations includes watching, listening and gathering evidence. You are being watched and you will be caught!"