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MUGS: Multiple Arrests Made In Oconee Co. Interdiction

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OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. - Officials in the Upstate made several felony arrests during an interdiction late last week in Oconee County.

The operation focused mainly along Interstate 85 and Highway 11 on Thursday.

The focus of the interdiction was primarily drugs, weapons and suspects wanted by law enforcement, but traffic violations were also cited.

Officials tell us in addition to the seven felony arrests, one stolen vehicle was recovered, five stolen cell phones were found, four drug cases and 16 vehicles were searched, and three weapons violations were discovered.  Sixty four tickets and warnings were also issued.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office got help from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and West Union Police Department.

“Oconee and Pickens law enforcement have a long history of working together to combat crime,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.  “We appreciate the assistance during this operation and look forward to more joint operations in the future.”

The following individuals were arrested on felony charges:

18 year old Caitlyn Danielle Gray of 200 Patterson Road in Liberty, 44 year old Charles Michael Salsman of 609 Mimosa Road in Westminster, and 36 year old Steven Michael Westbrook of 18 Richard Avenue in Greenville were arrested after deputies performed a traffic stop around 3:30pm on Mauldin Mill Road at Tall Pine Trail near Seneca due to no South Carolina license tag being displayed on the vehicle and the vehicle traveling left of center.  Gray, the driver of the vehicle, was wanted in a neighboring county on larceny.  A K-9 performed a free air sniff of the vehicle and detected the presence of narcotics.  A vehicle search was conducted and a loaded handgun was found behind the passenger seat.  A check of the two male subjects (Salsman, Westbrook) revealed they were convicted felons.  A search of Salsman revealed meth and a syringe in his shoe, plus two handgun rounds were found on Westbrook.  Other drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle.  The vehicle was towed and all subjects were transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.  Gray was on a warrant with unlawful carrying of a pistol.  Salsman was charged according to warrants with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Westbrook was charged according to warrants with unlawful carrying of a pistol. 

45 year old Timothy Ralph Blackwell of 10 Lonsdale Street in Seneca and 27 year old Mark Even Medlin of 200 Little Country Lane in Westminster were arrested after a deputy Thursday morning at 11:50am noticed a pickup truck on Lonsdale Street on the Utica Mill Hill with a moped in the back.  The moped was moving as the truck was moving and the strap holding the moped appeared to be loose and the deputy performed a traffic stop.  The driver (Medlin) could only produce a driver’s license but not proof of insurance or vehicle registration when asked.  A search of Medlin revealed a needle in his pocket.  After consent to search was denied, a K-9 responded and the K-9 detected narcotics in the vehicle during a free-air sniff.  A search of the vehicle revealed an orange in color handbag that contained materials normally used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  Narcotics agents from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office were notified and the pickup was towed from scene.  Both Blackwell and Medlin were transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.  According to warrants, both Blackwell and Medlin have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charges.  Medlin was also charged with two traffic violations on two uniform traffic tickets.

21 year old Courtland Littlefield of 4 Lake Valley Park in Simpsonville, 21 year old Paul Keland Lindsay of 335 Cranberry Circle in Mauldin, and 20 year old Michael Dejuan Sinkler of 225 Simmons Road in Grey Court were arrested after deputies performed a traffic stop around 7pm along I-85 in southern Oconee County around mile marker 1, which is near Highway 11 and the Georgia/South Carolina line last Thursday evening.  Deputies pulled a Dodge Caliber with paper plates over for failure to maintain lane.  Courtland, the driver, advised the deputy that he did not have a license.  A deputy with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office drew his Taser on the other two passengers in the vehicle due to the fact that Sinkler hit the deputy on the hand, knocking what appeared to be marijuana out of his hand onto the floorboard of the car.  After the scene was secured, the deputy from Pickens County told the Oconee deputy that one of the passengers had assaulted him by slapping him on the hand.  The Pickens deputy had observed what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol and a green leafy substance, what appeared to be marijuana, in the vehicle as well.  A search of the vehicle was then conducted which led to the discovery of a stolen gun, drug paraphernalia, residue of marijuana and several IPhones.  Further information revealed that Littlefield’s license had been suspended and marijuana was found on his person.  The vehicle was towed and all three individuals were transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.  Littlefield was charged on two uniform traffic tickets with driving under suspension and simple possession of marijuana.  Lindsay and Sinkler have both been charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and receiving stolen goods in regards to the firearm that was found.  Sinkler was charged additionally with assault and battery - 3rd degree for the slapping on the hand of the Pickens County Deputy. 
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