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21 arrested as deputies target heroin in Pawleys Island area

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GEORGETOWN, SC - Nearly 2 dozen people were taken into custody this week during raids that targeted heroin in the Pawleys Island area of Georgetown County, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office says.

Three handguns, at least 67 grams of drugs and $12,000 in cash were seized during the arrests, deputies said.

From Tuesday to Thursday 35 law enforcement spread out over Georgetown and Horry Counties to serve approximately 50 drug distribution warrants, arresting 21 people.

The arrests were a result of a year-long investigation initiated by the 15th Circuit DEU, assisted by DEA and SLED, into heroin sales in Georgetown County, specifically in the Pawleys Island Community.

Agents worked for several months on “Operation Beach Sweep” to obtain the arrest warrants, and a search warrant, that they believe will significantly affect the Heroin distribution in Georgetown County.

“A search warrant was executed at  Green Drive in the Pawleys Island Community of Georgetown County which led to the arrest of Andiza Simmons, 39, for Possession of Heroin, Drug Paraphernalia and two (2) Counts of being a Felon in Possession of a Handgun. Melinda Green, 35, was also arrested at the scene and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,” deputies said in a press release.

The search warrant, along with the other arrest warrant services, resulted in the seizure of over $12,000 cash, over sixty-seven (67) grams of crack cocaine, and several grams of heroin, along with powder cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale.

 Agents also discovered several marijuana plants which were part of a marijuana grow.

Agents also discovered a loaded .380 handgun and two (2) loaded 9 mm handguns during the operation.

The following individuals were arrested in the operation and transported to the Georgetown County Detention Center.

Christopher Douglas Brown, 22, 200 block of Green Drive, Pawleys Island, SC.

Elijah Antonio Brown, 30, 200 block of Green Drive, Pawleys Island, SC.

Reginald Horace Bryant, Jr., 34, 100 block of Fanning Lane, Pawleys Island, SC.

Kenneth Canty, 30, 300 block of George Washington Trail, Georgetown, SC.

Darius O’Neil Dozier, 25, 400 block of  Player Street, Georgetown, SC.

Lamar Easterling, 20, 100 block of  RB Thompson, Pawleys Island, SC.

Jerry “Alex” Faulk, Jr., 31, 300 block of  South Causeway Blvd., Pawleys Island, SC.

Quinton Stefon Ford, 19, 2500 block of  Highmarket Street 6, Georgetown, SC.

Randell Lee Godbolt, 48, 100 block of McKenzie Circle, Pawleys Island, SC.

Vincent Anthony Keith, 39, 100 block of Saint Christopher Circle, Pawleys Island, SC.

Marquis O’Brian Mickel, 28, 1900 block of Butts Street, Georgetown, SC.

Wesley Scott Moore, 25, 3000 block of South Island Road, Georgetown, SC.

Reggie Murray, 39, 100 block of Saint Christopher Circle, Pawleys Island, SC.

Dremonde O. Richardson, 20, 100 Bertha Lane, Pawleys Island, SC.

Douglas “DJ” Shultz, 23, 1000 block of Lulu Loop, Murrells Inlet, SC.

Kwamane Edward Smith, 22, 200 block of McKenzie Circle, Pawleys Island, SC.

Steven Saxon Smith, 22, 100 block of Carnes Place, Pawleys Island, SC.

Jacob Michael Walton, 23, 500 block of Waverly Loop, Murrells Inlet, SC.

Andrew Clifford West, Jr., 28, 44th Street, Myrtle Beach, SC.

The operation included officers from the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgetown City Police

Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF).

Several additional suspects are still being sought and the investigation is continuing.

Judge Pyatt denied bond for Christopher and Elijah “Tony” Brown, identified as two (2) of the main targets of the investigation as well as Kwamane Smith who was already out on bond for Attempted Murder and Kidnapping related to a drug dispute earlier this year in the City of Georgetown, deputies said.

The 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit is made up of officers from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgetown Police Department, the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, the Horry County Police Department, the Aynor Police Department, the Conway Police Department, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office and the Coastal Carolina University Police Department

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