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KCSO seizes nearly 20 pounds of cocaine

Posted: May 8, 2012 3:02 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators seized 9 kilograms -- or nearly 20 pounds -- of high grade cocaine April 29. The KCSO worked with S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on the seizure during which three people were arrested. Sheriff Jim Matthews declined to name those arrested or exactly where the operation took place because of an ongoing DEA investigation into the matter.

Matthews said agents also seized material and equipment used to press and package the cocaine. He said all three agencies worked on the investigation for more than two months and previously seized a single kilogram of cocaine, an assault-style rifle and several pistols. Agents believe the suspects were distributing cocaine from the location east of Camden throughout not only Kershaw County, but to other points in South Carolina and the southeastern United States.

Matthews said the price of 1 kilogram of high grade cocaine is about $30,000. He said that when the cocaine is diluted down to 10 percent purity, a single kilogram can be worth up to $300,000 on the street. That means, Matthews said, that the 9 kilograms seized April 29 and the earlier 1 kilogram of cocaine seized earlier in the investigation, could have netted $3 million for the suspects and their partners.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 30 - May 6:

KCSO deputies intercepted a man they learned was en route to steal a SUV from a location on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff near Roseborough Road. Dispatchers advised that Raheem Kawon Fuller, 22, of Arnette Drive, Camden, had stolen the tag of a family member’s car and place it on the Ford Expedition he planned to steal. They said he planned to steal the SUV, place it in the woods for a while and paint it white. Dispatchers then advised deputies that the Fuller was in the Expedition waiting for the right time to drive off. KCSO deputies approached the vehicle, at which point Fuller reportedly exited the vehicle and ran. He reportedly dropped a ski mask, a gun with the serial number filed off, keys to the vehicle and a cell phone with pictures on it of the SUV he was trying to steal. A search by the KCSO K9 unit and SLED initially failed to locate Fuller. Sheriff Jim Matthews said Fuller later broke into a motel room where deputies located him hiding under a bed. They arrested and charged him with unlawful carrying of a pistol, breaking into a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, third degree burglary and grand larceny. Deputies also later served him with a warrant for simple possession of marijuana.

Deputies arrested a 56-year-old man and a 19-year-old man living at the same Whiting Way, Lugoff address after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Deputies met the 20-year-old woman who made the 911 call. She said the 19-year-old was in the house, intoxicated and causing a disturbance. She said things were so bad, she had to break a window so she could leave and call 911. They found the 19-year-old to be highly intoxicated, and reported that he began using profanity and “fighting words.” They arrested him but he refused to get into a patrol car. A deputy used his Taser on the young man’s thigh to bring him under control. Meanwhile, another deputy began checking on an AR-15 rifle the young man had thrown under a vehicle. At that point, the 56-year-old man came out of the house, also reportedly highly intoxicated and began being loud, boisterous and using profanity. Deputies asked him several times to calm down and go back in the home; he refused each time. He also refused three times to put his hands behind his back when deputies went to arrest him. That deputy also used his Taser on the man’s chest, but still had to tell him three times to comply. Deputies charged both men with public disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Deputies are searching for a possibly 17-year-old young man who simply identified himself as “T” after attempting to arrest him for driving a dirt bike without headlights on around 12:30 a.m. Monday. A deputy pulled the young man over on Ridgeway Road between Shivers Green and Three Branches roads in Lugoff. The deputy instructed him to lay the bike down, but he refused claiming the carburetor would flood. He complied the second time, but reportedly acted nervous while being frisked by the deputy. At that point, the deputy went to place him in handcuffs, but he pulled away and ran across a field toward Elgin. The deputy chased him across the field and down a long driveway. The young man then managed to cross over a barbed wire fence and headed back toward the woods.

A juvenile girl at a county high school allegedly “flipped out” while being escorted to the main office following an argument with another student. She allegedly tried to run back to an assistant principal’s office in order to assault the other girl. The assistant principal and principal had to physically restrain the girl and used an “all call” signal to have the school resource officer (SRO) come to the office. He found them with the girl face down on the floor and her hands behind her back. He handcuffed her and had her taken to KCSO headquarters where she was later turned over to her mother.

Deputies responded to a Lugoff home and later to a location along 25 Mile Creek Road both in reference to a disturbance involving a 15-year-old boy. A woman said she was eating with family at the home, the boy’s mother began to suffer some type of breakdown, beating herself against the wall. When the victim and others went to help, the boy allegedly became angry. He allegedly elbowed the victim in the eye, then pulled a box cutter and put it to the victim’s stomach. The boy’s mother reportedly told him to leave before law enforcement arrived.

A deputy responded to a Tremont Road, Lugoff residence regarding a fight and met with the wife who said her 46-year-old husband was in the front yard when two or three men drove up in a vehicle, jumped out and attacked her husband. She said the men had some type of metal pipe and knife and were yelling they were going to kill him. The deputy noted that the victim suffered an injury to the left side of the head, but refused treatment. His wife claimed she’d heard a rumor that another man had put out a “hit” on her husband.

A Lugoff woman called deputies after she answered a knock at her door to find a 26-year-old man barely able to stand and bleeding from the mouth. She said he also had a large bump on his lower neck. A deputy responded to the scene and talked to the victim who was reportedly having trouble staying awake. He said he had gone to a Burdell Road address to check on some people only to have them jump on him with their fists and a metal pipe. EMS transported the man to the hospital.

A 62-year-old Cassatt man allegedly walked into a U.S. 1 North convenience store, punched his wife in the face and threatened to kill another customer in the store. He then reportedly ran off. Deputies learned the man was riding his mower down the road. When deputies arrived, they reported seeing him throw a liquor bottle into a ditch. They arrested and charged him with a third offense of criminal domestic violence, an ABC violation and littering.

Someone broke into an Old Georgetown Road West home near Kershaw and stole approximately $3,000 worth of jewelry, an oak chest and a safe with approximately $6,700 cash inside. It appeared the burglars may have forced their way through a back door. A neighbor said they saw a vehicle at the residence during the time the items may have been stolen.

A deputy issued a ticket to a 19-year-old man who he caught driving a silver Dodge Intrepid around 11 p.m. Sunday with no headlights on. He initially said he did not have a driver’s license, but then produced a fake license. He admitted he had paid $75 to have it made. The deputy ticketed him for possessing an altered driver’s license.

The KCSO is investigating whether or not a 60-year-old man forcibly fondled his juvenile granddaughter. Other family members and the Department of Social Services separately reported the allegations to investigators after the girl was examined by doctors.

A woman living on Three Branches Road in Lugoff said she was in her kitchen when she heard someone yelling and trying to kick in the back door. She called a neighboring family member who said they saw a man jump off the porch and run into the woods.

Someone kicked in the side door to a Hermitage Pond Road, Camden residence and stole a flat screen TV, video game system and several guns including handguns and rifles valued at between $5,000 and $10,000 total.

A woman reported finding a 9-inch black-handled knife with blood on it in the trunk of a car she had just purchased from a dealership.

Someone broke into a Porter Road, Cassatt home through a back window and stole $1,600 worth of valuables including several guns.

A 41-year-old county woman is accused of neglecting her disabled brother and using his disability check for her own uses.

Deputies are looking into allegations that an 11-year-old boy forced an 8-year-old boy to perform oral sex.

A 28-year-old county woman is accused of having sexual intercourse with a juvenile boy.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with nine larceny and simple assault; eight harassing or obscene phone call; seven vandalism; five DUI; four intimidation; three simple possession of marijuana; two motor vehicle theft, scam, shoplifting and theft of a motor vehicle; and one alleged child abuse, attempted overdose, bad check, breach of peace, breach of trust, burglary, driving under suspension, forgery, gas drive off, harassment, hit and run with no injury, narcotics, no driver’s license, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, swindle, theft from a building, trespassing and use of motor vehicle without consent.

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A 28-year-old woman reported to the Camden Police Department (CPD) that she and her 30-year-old boyfriend were driving to a U.S. 521 South restaurant with her juvenile son when he attacked her.

The woman said the argument started when he accused her of being unfaithful. During the argument, she claimed, her boyfriend deliberately ran the car off the road to scare her and her son. He then allegedly took her cell phone so she couldn’t call for help. At one point, he allegedly grabbed her wrists and hands.

The woman said she faked chest pains, forcing him to take her to the hospital. Officers reported they could not find the man in the hospital parking lot.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of April 28 - May 6:

A 17-year-old high school student claimed a 60-year-old teacher slammed the boy’s laptop closed while his hand was still there, hurting him. He claimed the teacher then became belligerent in front of the whole class. He then reportedly told the boy to leave the classroom but then confronted him, allegedly yelling “I don’t need this job; you stay here or else.”

Somebody broke into a storage shed on Market Street and stole two weed trimmers, blower, self-propelled push mower, racing bike and toolbox with tools inside.

An 11-year-old boy allegedly assaulted a 6-year-old girl during a birthday party on Carlos Street.

A 34-year-old woman allegedly tried to assault another woman by swinging a chain.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with five public disorderly conduct; four communicating threats and DUI; three simple assault and trespassing; two larceny, shoplifting, theft from a building and theft from a motor vehicle; and one attempted purse snatching, burglary, civil disturbance, driving under suspension, harassing or obscene phone call, resisting arrest and vandalism.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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