Lancaster, South Carolina June 1, 2018
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force agents, investigators, and deputies began Wednesday, May 30, 2018, arresting 26 subjects on 45 drug distribution warrants for undercover transactions that occurred during February, March, April, and May of this year. The transactions occurred primarily on the east and west sides of Lancaster, but several sales were made in the Kershaw area. The drugs sold include suspected heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, acetaminophen/oxycodone hydrochloride, marijuana, and the prescription drug Gabapentin. Ten warrants allege the transactions occurred in proximity of parks including Springdale Park on South Plantation Road, Stafford Belk Park on East Brooklyn Avenue, Preston Blackmon Park on Conner Street, the Wylie Street pool and tennis courts, and a park in Kershaw.
Eighteen of the 26 subjects were arrested Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Officers continue to search for the following eight subjects:
Kedrick Lashawn Seegars
Aaron Mastafis Harris
Corey Demario Carruthers
Trenton Bradley Catoe
Hykeim Malik Williams
J. C. Hall
Christina Lee Robertson.
Additional charges were made on four of the 26 subjects based upon items seized at the time of their arrests. Samuel Emerick Lowery was stopped driving a car. During an inventory search of the car agents found pills and suboxone strips. Lowery was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and five counts of Possession of a Prescription Drug without a Prescription.
Marqwevius Devonte Seegars was found outside his house and was arrested. Agents found eight oxycodone pills on him during a search, and he was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.
Carl Nicholas Hall was found at his home and consented to a search of the house. Agents found two bags containing four grams of suspected marijuana and digital scales. Hall was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana 2d Offense.
Gisella Anabel Tarque was a passenger in a car stopped by agents. A bag in the trunk claimed by Tarque contained 58 grams of suspected marijuana, balls of marijuana called “Moon Rocks,” and THC hash oil. Agents also found six mushroom stems in the bag. Tarque was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Distribute Psilocybin.
Several new cases were made Thursday during the operation. A car driven by Christopher Martin Peele, age 23, was stopped for a moving violation. Peele’s driver’s license was suspended, and a syringe was found in the car. Peele was charged with Driving under Suspension and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Peele’s passenger Barrielle Lecharles Wells, age 27, was charged with Carrying a Pistol after agents found a Beretta 9mm pistol in the car.
Otis Lee Collins, age 44, was at a house agents went to looking for another subject. Collins was sitting in a car in the yard, and agents saw suspected marijuana in his lap. A bag and a bottle found in the car contained 10.1 grams of suspected marijuana. Agents also found three ecstasy pills and 3 prescription diclofenac sodium pills. Collins was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Ecstasy, and Possession of a Prescription Drug without a Prescription.
“We had a busy week preparing for this operation and getting these people into custody,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Some of the faces are new, but several have been around the block before. We will keep the pressure on in all areas of the county to put people in jail who continue to sell illegal drugs. I want to thank our citizens for continuing to provide us information about suspects and locations that leads to investigations and arrests. I want to thank my Drug Task Force agents, investigators, and deputies for the hard work they do on operations like this. A lot of preparation goes into these events. I also want to thank my detention center officers. We coordinate plans with them when we know we will be sending them lots of inmates, and they process these folks efficiently and professionally.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.