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home : news : lakelands & beyond September 22, 2017

8/19/2017 2:31:00 PM
Prosperity man arrested for trafficking drugs & child neglect

Complaints from the community and a several month long criminal investigation have landed a Prosperity man in jail facing his third offense drug charges after his arrest for Trafficking Crack Cocaine and other charges. 

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints from the community about drug activity, high traffic volume, and other illegal activity around a South Main Street address in Prosperity. Based on those complaints, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the residence.

Sheriff Foster said that during the scope of the investigations, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was able to make buys of crack cocaine using undercover operatives. Foster said that they then used that evidence to obtain a search warrant for the residence. Sheriff Foster said the Newberry Police Department assisted with the investigation. 

A search warrant was served at the residence located at 866 South Main Street in Prosperity on Thursday morning (8-17). Once inside, the deputies located nearly 2 ounces of crack cocaine, nearly 1 gram of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.
“We want the citizens of Newberry County to know that we hear them when they have concerns about their community,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “While it sometimes takes time to conduct such investigation because of the voluminous amount of investigation and documentation needed for today’s court system, we want this to be a clear message that we are vested partners in making every community in Newberry County better and safer through our partnership with the citizens.”
Benjamin Chandler, 41, of 866 South Main Street, Prosperity, was arrested at the scene without incident.

A one year of child was in the home at the time of the residence. The child was turned over the Department of Social Services. 

Chandler is charged with Trafficking Crack Cocaine 3rd Offense, Possession of Cocaine 3rd Offense, Trafficking Crack Cocaine within the Proximity of a School or Park, Unlawful Neglect of a Child, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He bond will be set later today.

“The fact that this is the third offense for selling illegal drugs is very troubling,” said Sheriff Foster. “However; it is reprehensible to think that he would expose a small child to this dangerous activity. We cannot and will not stand for this as law enforcement and the community work together to make Newberry County better now and for the next generation.”

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