The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry Police Department, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement, Probation, Pardon, and Parole, and ATF began a drug round up of suspects sought for selling illegal drugs, possessing illegal drugs, and possessing weapons Tuesday afternoon.
The officers had 106 warrants on 42 suspects when they started and thus far 24 are in custody. The drugs involved included crack cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. “These type operations highlight our continued partnership in working to remove illegal drugs from our community,” said Newberry Police Chief Roy McClurkin. “Through these efforts we are able to lessen the chances of other crimes being committed as a result of drug use in the community. We will always work to make our citizens and communities safe.”
Sheriff Lee Foster said that the operation was a direct response to complaints from the community and for ongoing crime th at also surrounds such activity.
“This was prompted by people that live in the neighborhoods that had complained loud and clear about street level drug dealing,” said Sheriff Foster. “Further, our intelligence showed that much of the neighborhood gunfire was a result of street level drug dealing and the protection of their turf.”
Sheriff Foster said the illegal drug trade also leads to thefts from those needing to supply their drug habit.
“The only way to stem these neighborhood shootings and random, rampant gun fire is to remove the cause,” said Sheriff Foster. “We need the assistance of the community to be effective so if you see something, say something so we can react and together we will make a difference.”
A list of the suspects sought is attached. Please note that the notes will indicate is the person was arrested or still sough at this time.