Seven people arrested in Florence County drug raids

Seven people arrested in Florence County drug raids

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Seven people were arrested on charges related to methamphetamine following a massive drug operation in Florence County.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office’s tactical team, with the help of the Johnsonville Police Department, started at six Thursday morning raiding several homes in and around Johnsonville for drugs.

Deputies executed a search warrant and arrest warrants at a home on East Broadway Street, as well as arrest warrants at homes on Vox Highway, Poston Corner Road and Half Moon Road.

Four people were arrested at the home on East Broadway Street.

Along with meth, Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said they confiscated bags of pills, heroin and marijuana.

They also found pipes and needles.

“Johnsonville Police Department has Johnsonville under control in the city and the problem is they’re moving real close to the city limits and they’re telling us it’s a problem so we’re going to be working closely with them and we’re going to get them out of Johnsonville," Kirby said.

Officials with the Johnsonville Fire and Rescue said over the past year they’ve responded to 14 overdose calls. Two out of the 14 were fatal.

“It’s been known for a while there’s drug problems around here,” resident Kelly Bodden said.

Bodden said her friend’s sister was just in her teens when she died of an overdose.

“It was sad for the family," she said. "They still mourn her because she was so young.”

Kirby said he heard stories similar like one mother who told him her son’s drug addiction began in Johnsonville. He also died of an overdose.

He said the department started working closely with Johnsonville PD on the operation two months ago.

“I hope it sends a message and they leave this area, but if they don’t we will be on them and will continue to until we arrest them," Kirby said.

Here’s a full list of the arrest warrants:

Gerald Daniel Stone, Jr., of 342 East Broadway Street, Johnsonville, SC is charged with two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, one count of Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule I to V, and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine;

Guy Chandler Brigham, of 1033 Mill Branch Road, Johnsonville, SC is charged with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine and one count of Distribution of Heroin;

Sharetta C. Dennis, of 21801 Chopee Road, Hemingway, SC is charged with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule I to V;

Amanda Jean Church; of 342 East Broadway Street, Johnsonville, SC is charged with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule I to V;

Patrick Andrew Wiley, of 320 Peach Street, Ridgeway, SC is charged with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule I to V.

Brett Raymond Poston, of 4550 Mill House Road, Johnsonville, SC is charged with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine.

Joshua Kerry Godwin, of 217 East Willow Pond Road, Lot 10, Johnsonville, SC is charged with one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine.

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