TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – The Florence Sheriff's Office arrested several people Thursday as part of a round-up of people wanted on drug warrants.
A caravan of unmarked cars and trucks drove around the Timmonsville area, stopping at homes where suspected drug dealers were expected to be.
At some homes, undercover agents and investigators did not find the person for which they were looking. At others, they were able to arrest two suspects at once.
"Word travels fast, and some are harder to find that others, but because of our effort we're trying to clean up the streets," explained Sheriff Kenney Boone, who was leading the arrest effort. "We're going to do this in each municipality, do it throughout this county. Just beware because we're coming to get you."
Boone said the arrests made Thursday resulted from a seven-month undercover drug investigation in the Timmonsville area. He explained that making the arrests as part of a roundup allows him to assemble the proper amount of manpower to safely and efficiently arrest several people.
"[Thursday] is focused on Timmonsville area." Boone said. "There's other areas within the county [where] we've been doing the same type of operations. These types of operations will take six months, maybe even a year, maybe even a year and a half, but after that we continue the roundups as a result of these and try to take these people into custody."
The following people were arrested in Thursday's round-up:
- Donnell Lamont Durant, 31, of Timmonsville: Charged with distribution of crack cocaine
- Roderique Antonio James, 27, of Olanta: Charged with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine
- Kenyatta D. Fulwood, 37, of Timmonsville: Charged with distribution of crack cocaine
- Connie R. Fulwood, 34, of Timmonsville: Charged with manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine
- Christopher Leggette, 23, of Timmonsville: Charged with distribution of crack cocaine
- Trumaal Abdul Brown, 18, of Timmonsville: Charged with distribution of crack cocaine
- Shawn D. Brown, 38, of Timmonsville: Charged with distribution of crack cocaine
Officials say Durant, who is charged with his second offense of distributing crack cocaine, could be sentenced 5-30 years in prison and fined up to $50,000 if convicted.
James, Connie Fulwood, Kenyatta Fulwood, Leggette, Trumaal Brown and Shawn Brown could face up to 15 years behind bars and upwards of a $25,000 fine if convicted.
Deputies also seized a Cadillac Escalade pick up truck that is alleged to have been used to facilitate some of the drug transactions.
The investigation is ongoing in the Timmonsville area and other parts of the County, and additional arrests are likely