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4 month drug investigation lands 2 men in jail

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Norman Steven Cullipher (Source: Marion County Combined Drug Unit) Norman Steven Cullipher (Source: Marion County Combined Drug Unit)
Lorenzo Legette (Source: Marion County Combined Drug Unit) Lorenzo Legette (Source: Marion County Combined Drug Unit)

MULLINS, SC (WMBF) – An extensive four month investigation into the distribution of drugs in the Mullins area ended with a pair of arrests.

During that investigation, drug units obtained evidence through undercover controlled buys, searches, and extensive surveillance, leading to the arrests of two men, with more arrests possible.

The Marion County Combined Drug Unit arrested Lorenzo Legette on Thursday, Oct. 25 and searched his residence.

Legette is charged with distribution of crack cocaine, two counts of Distribution of Oxycodone, two counts of distribution of Hydrocodone, five counts of distribution of a controlled substance in proximity to a school, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute Diazepam, and four counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in proximity to a school.

At the time of his arrest, Legette was currently out on bond from a February 2012 arrest for distribution of crack cocaine.

A second suspect, Norman Steven Cullipher, was arrested on Oct. 30.

Cullipher is charged with two counts of distribution of Oxycodone, two counts of distribution of Carisoprodol, distribution of Hydrocodone, distribution of Fentanyl, and distribution of a controlled substance in proximity to a school.

Agents seized many different types and quantities of controlled prescription medication and a vehicle so far in this investigation.

"Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in our area and has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription drug abuse has no ethnic, social, or economic boundaries and affects everyone in Marion County. The Drug Unit has recognized this growing epidemic and takes it very seriously.", stated Major Brian Wallace, Drug Unit Director. Major Wallace went on to state, "Anyone caught violating the state drug laws regarding controlled prescription medication will be handled no differently than those distributing crack, cocaine, marijuana, or any other illicit drug."

The Marion County Combined Drug Unit recognizes the importance of community involvement and urges the citizens of Marion County to take a vigilant stand against illegal drug and gang activity in their community. Please report any suspicious activity to the Marion County Combined Drug Unit in confidence at 423-2056.

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