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24 Charged In Upstate Meth Ring Bust

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Authorities say they have charged 24 people as they broke up an Upstate ring that made and sold methamphetamine. Authorities say they have charged 24 people as they broke up an Upstate ring that made and sold methamphetamine.
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Authorities say they have charged 24 people as they broke up an Upstate ring that made and sold methamphetamine.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the indictments Friday. All 24 people have been charged with conspiracy to traffic more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.

If convicted, each defendant faces between 25 to 30 years in prison.

Authorities say 19 of the people indicted have been arrested.

Several defendants face additional charges. Prosecutors say some of them had guns, and some of them exposed children to the drugs.

Wilson says sheriff's deputies in Anderson, Pickens and Greenville counties and police in Easley helped with the investigation.

"You have people like me out here struggling to make a dollar and you have people out selling drugs getting rich," Pickens County resident April Reeves said.

But Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says many of those dealers are now off the streets, exactly what residents of the upstate want to hear. @

"Homemade drugs or bought drugs, it shouldn't be in the community," Pickens County resident Olice Haynes said.

And Clark agrees, he says there have been 60 cases involving Meth in the past 12 months and it's putting his deputies at risk. 

"We went out and fought a guy out here in the parking lot the other day who had a meth problem," Clark said. "Criminals are more violent they have no comprehension what they are doing."  

But just how much of a difference will this latest bust really make.

"We like to think that this will solve a lot but we are realistic enough to know that this is just a few at of the many meth dealers across the upstate," Clark said.  

The sheriff says there's enough evidence to keep the accused dealers behind bars.

 

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