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UPDATE: Suspects named in joint Hartsville area operation that led to seizure of firearms, drugs

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DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Over 20 people were charged after a joint operation took place in the Hartsville area on the nights of March 9 and March 11, according to a press release from Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement conducted the operation in response to the recent shootings.

As a result of the joint operation, five firearms were seized, including one high-powered rifle. Three people were charged with unlawful carry of a handgun and one person was charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

Three people were charged with possession of drugs, including marijuana, crack and meth. Seven others were charged with drug distribution, the release states.

Three bench warrants and two outstanding warrants were served.

According to the release, gang literature and gang paraphernalia were also found during the operation.

Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, Hartsville Police Department, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, and SLED will continue the joint operations.

According to the DCSO, the following individuals face these charges:

  • Gregory Lamont Benjamin, 31, of Hartsville, is being held on a $10,000 cash or surety bond for first-degree assault and battery and a $300 personal recognizance bond for public disorderly conduct
  • Larry Lee Blakney, 36, of Hartsville, is being held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond for possession of crack
  • Ryan Deveaurux Pierce, 28, of Hartsville, is being held on a family court bench warrant, two counts of distribution of marijuana, two counts of distribution of marijuana within proximity of a school, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. A bond hearing is pending.
  • Frederick Blue, 30, of Hartsville, was released on a $1,500 bond for unlawful carrying of a handgun
  • William Chad Brigman, 38, of Patrick, was released on a $2,500 bond for possession of methamphetamine, and a personal recognizance bond for driving under suspension.
  • Terence Ford, 41, of Hartsville, was released on a $1,500 bond for unlawful carrying of a handgun
  • Luther McCoy Jones, 33, of Hartsville, was released on a personal recognizance bond for the unlawful sale of liquor
  • Matthew Matron Plight, 23, of Hartsville, was released on a $3,262 bond for two outstanding warrants for shoplifting and one outstanding warrant for possession of stolen goods
  • Darius Tyquan Reed, 22, of Hartsville, was released on a $20,000 bond for outstanding warrants for domestic violence, second warrant, a petit larceny warrant and a family court bench warrant
  • Marelle Tyrese Windham, 26, of Hartsville, was released on a $50,000 bond for driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana, unlawful carrying of a firearm and being a violent felon in possession of a firearm
  • Robert Arnold Jone, 23, of Hartsville, was denied bond on one count of distribution of marijuana, second offense, two counts of distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts of distribution in proximity of a school, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
  • Alonzo Swinton, 52, of Hartsville, is being held on a $872 bond for public disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana.
  • Jesse Washington, 30, of Hartsville, is charged with littering and possessing an open container of beer
  • Ronnie James McDougal, 24, of Hartsville, is being held on a bench warrant

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