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20 people indicted by State Grand Jury in heroin trafficking operation

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The State Grand Jury handed down indictments for 20 people this morning for heroin trafficking charges in Darlington, Florence, and Williamsburg counties.

All but four suspects on that list are booked as inmates at the Florence County Detention Center. Now this is one single case dealing with 20 different people who will have separate trials. The one thing in common is each person is charged with importing heroin from New York to South Carolina.

Every single person on the indictment is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroine. One defendant, Timothy Johnson was booked at the Florence County Detention center just a few days ago and is accused of trafficking greater than 28 grams of heroin, that could result in 24 to 40 years in prison.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division employees investigated these cases and each county's sheriff’s deputies assisted with the arrests.

Wayne Byrd, Darlington County Sherriff says, “It is starting to appear here, and a drug organization is a business like any other business, and they are constantly looking for new markets… The idea of a heroin problem starting in your area, it concerns us greatly.”

Byrd says his office doesn't have enough resources to make connections in Florence, Williamsburg, and back to New York, so they rely on help for drug trafficking investigations like this. “Just trying to get an in either through citizen tips or through some type of information to sort out who they are who their connections are, and how we can penetrate those organizations and make arrests like this," said Byrd.

It’s prosecuted by the attorney general’s office and spokesperson, Mark Powell, says he can’t provide specific details on the criminal charges since they are still pending.

Byrd says citizen tips are the best way to get an in, and with the help of SLED and the state, his goal is to make sure heroin trafficking is not on the rise.

Attorney General Wilson emphasized all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law. Below are the defendants included in the indictment (with the penalty upon conviction listed after each offense).

Timothy Leverne Johnson, age 36, of Nesmith, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 Grams (25-40 years), trafficking heroin 28 Grams (25-40 years), seven counts of distribution of heroin (0-15 years), and possession with intent to distribute heroin (0-15 years).

Willie James Wilson, age 62, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Anthony Lemont Wilson, age 39, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and two counts of distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Anderson Cooper, Jr., age 61, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Eric Holmes, Jr., age 45, of Lake City, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Robert Earl Davis, age 64, of Johnsonville, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Daniel Marquis Barr, age 31, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and two  counts of distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Joseph William Coker, age 28, of Effingham, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), distribution of heroin (0-15 years), possession with intent to distribute heroin (0-15 years).

Ashley Brooke Coker, age 23, of Effingham, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and possession with intent to distribute heroin (0-15 years).

George Skinner, age 55, of Johnsonville is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Brandon Gerald Morris, age 34, of Lake City, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Karla Prosser, age 30, of Lake City, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Arkelious Dwayne Adams, age 30, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Dawn Marie Riley, age 35, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), two counts of trafficking heroin 28 Grams (25-40 years), and three counts of distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Sheila Renee Webb, age 39, of Johnsonville, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Craig Shawn Avant, age 40, of Johnsonville, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Jeffrey Witherspoon, age 35, of Hemingway, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years), and distribution of heroin (0-15 years).

Nicholas Wilson, age 29, of Pamplico is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Roy Davis Draughn, Jr., age 32, of Florence is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Traville Chavis Waterman, age 32, of Johnsonville, is charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin greater than 28 grams (25-40 years).

Agents with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnsonville Police Department, the Lake City Police Department, the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were involved in the investigation. 

Assistant Attorney General David Fernandez and Assistant Attorney General Mike Ross will prosecute the case.

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