Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Deputies with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office have uncovered a chop shop operation involving stolen motorcycles, and now three men are behind bars in connection with the scheme.
Agents with the Darlington County Combined Drug Unit and State Law Enforcement Division raided an address at 231 Ave. F Monday afternoon and discovered a chop shop with stolen motorcycles and a large quantity of drugs.
Capt. Andy Locklair, spokesman for the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, said the afternoon bust netted over 50 grams of crack cocaine, more than 100 grams of cocaine and $3,000 in cash. In addition to the wealth of drugs, investigators recovered stolen motorcycle frames, motors and parts, a stolen SUV and a stolen trailer.
"It's a common practice, all over the United States," Capt. Locklair said. "We've found our share of it here in Darlington County and we're trying the put a stop to it."
Troy Dudley, 33, of Darlington, Ryan Frazier, 19, of Hartsville, and Frankie Williamson, 36, of Darlington, have been charged in connection to the chop shop and drug operation. Frazier and Williamson have been charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack cocaine and violation of the chop shop law.
Dudley was arrested on July 8 in a similar operation along Floyds Road in Darlington. Dudley has been charged with violation of the chop shop law, trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack cocaine and possession of stolen goods.
Wanda Haynes-Zedick's said she had a car that was stolen that police said they believed was stripped for parts in a chop shop.
"I was devastating to have somebody vanadalize or take your property that's something that you worked hard for," said Haynes-Zedick. She thinks the economy has to dow ith why people chose to take part in such operations.
Monday's bust comes in a series of operations throughout Darlington County that target stolen sports bikes. To date, officials said 12 bikes have been recovered.