GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - More than 20 suspects were arrested, in connection with a drug bust among other crimes, in two days, officials say. A yearlong investigation, called "Operation Beach Sweep," yielded the arrests and discovery of cash and drugs in the Pawleys Island community.
Thirty-five law enforcement officers from six agencies spread out over Georgetown and Horry counties on July 15-17 and served approximately 50 drug distribution warrants, arresting 21 individuals, according to a news release issued by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.
The lead agent with the DEU said two additional arrests were made in connection to the case, bringing the number of arrests to 23 people in under 48 hours.
An investigation into heroin sales in Georgetown County, specifically in the Pawleys Island community was initiated.
Agents with the DEU explain heroin is a growing problem, not only in local counties but across the country.
Agents worked for several months on "Operation Beach Sweep" to obtain the arrest warrants, and a search warrant, that they believe will significantly affect the heroin distribution in Georgetown County, officials say.
For more than a year, agents with the DEU worked tirelessly to track and target drug dealers. By going directly at the source, they hope to limit the availability of drugs on the streets.
According to the news release:
The search warrant, along with the other arrest warrant services, resulted in the seizure of more than $12,000, more than 67 grams of crack cocaine, and several grams of heroin, along with powder cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale. Agents also discovered several marijuana plants which were part of a marijuana grow. Agents also discovered two loaded handguns.
Authorities from the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, the Georgetown City Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were involved in 'Operation Beach Sweep'.