Man named as target of recent heroin overdoses in Johnsonville area

Man named as target of recent heroin overdoses in Johnsonville area

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – A man was the target of  a multi-agency investigation into the recent heroin overdoses in and around the Johnsonville area, according to PIO Michael Nuun with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Kenneth Andrew Generette was arrested on October 4, in Loris, on drug trafficking charges. He was released on bond for charges of trafficking heroin, according to Nunn.

Investigators say Generette was allegedly in possession of approximately 97 grams of heroin and approximately $2,800 in U.S. currency.

FCSO Narcotics Investigators assigned to the FBI Violent Crime Task Force opened the investigation in response to community concerns over the recent spike in heroin overdoses.  It is estimated that over 20 heroin overdoses and one death are associated with heroin, bearing the stamp "major league" and "poison" in the Johnsonville and Lake City area, according to FCSO's press release.

Generette has been charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack, and is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

He is currently being held at the Dillon County Detention Center and will be arraigned on those charges before a Federal Magistrate, states the press release.

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