More arrests made in drug, prostitution bust at video store

Source: Sheriff Wayne Byrd
Source: Sheriff Wayne Byrd
Victor Balin, 39, has been charged with multiple crimes, including operating a brothel. | Source: DCSO
Victor Balin, 39, has been charged with multiple crimes, including operating a brothel. | Source: DCSO
Amy Marie Strickland, 37, has been charged with prostitution. (Source: DSCO)
Amy Marie Strickland, 37, has been charged with prostitution. (Source: DSCO)
Austin Bre Oates, 29, has been charged with prostitution, drug paraphernalia, and is wanted out of Horry County by South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. (Source: DSCO)
Austin Bre Oates, 29, has been charged with prostitution, drug paraphernalia, and is wanted out of Horry County by South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. (Source: DSCO)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Darlington County officials busted a prostitution and drug operation at a video store in Darlington County on Tuesday.

Victor Balin, 39, has been charged with multiple crimes, including: operation of brothel, possession with intent to distribute bath salts, possession with intent to distribute bath salts within the proximity of a school, unlawful possession of an illegal gambling device, and drug paraphernalia.

The bust happened at Foxy Video on Highway 52. The Darlington County Sheriff's Office received multiple complaints for illegal narcotic sales and prostitution by female employees at Foxy Video, according to Sheriff Wayne Byrd.

As of October 1, DCSO made an additional arrest and identified another wanted suspect in connection with this case.

Amy Marie Strickland, 37, has been charged with prostitution. Austin Bre Oates, 29, has been charged with prostitution, drug paraphernalia, and is wanted out of Horry County by South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

A search warrant was conducted by members of the Darlington County Drug Enforcement Unit, Darlington County Special Enforcement Unit, and the State Law Enforcement Division.

A criminal investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

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