Loris man wanted in connection to alleged drug trafficking operation arrested

Loris man wanted in connection to alleged drug trafficking operation arrested
United States Attorney Peter McCoy Jr. said authorities arrested 23 suspects last month who are connected to a drug trafficking organization that operates out of the Cedar Branch area in Horry County. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A man wanted in connection to an alleged Horry County drug trafficking operation has been arrested.

Online records show Timothy Mondale Long, 38, of Loris, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Long’s charges are not yet listed.

Timothy Mondale Long
Timothy Mondale Long (Source: JRLDC)

Last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the arrests of 23 people in Operation Broken Branch, which targets violent crime in Myrtle Beach and throughout Horry County.

The case was investigated by several agencies including the FBI, SLED, Myrtle Beach Police Department and Horry County Police Department.

The affidavit states that the drug trafficking organization was “involved in the distribution of heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, fentanyl and opioid pills.” It adds that the organization had several sources of supply, mid-level distributors and street-level distributors and facilitators.

Investigators said they not only seized a substantial amount of drugs, but they also recovered more than a dozen firearms, bulk ammunition and more than $180,000 in suspected drug money.

With Long’s arrest, two suspects remain at large for their alleged roles in the drug ring: Tyshon Lamont Clifton, 20, of Loris, and Lateice Laneice Griffin, 28, of Longwood, North Carolina.

Left to right: Lateice Laneice Griffin and Tyshon Lamont Clifton
Left to right: Lateice Laneice Griffin and Tyshon Lamont Clifton (Source: FBI)

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