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KCSO drug sweep

County drug dealers targeted; 14 arrested

Posted: May 24, 2012 2:41 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents, acting on tips from citizens, rounded up 14 drug dealers Monday as part of a several months-long investigation. Sheriff Jim Matthews said the investigation included making controlled undercover buys from known, “problem” drug dealers and executing search warrants at locations throughout the county.

Matthews said one of the suspects fled to Miami, Fla., after learning of his pending arrest. Others, he said, were already in jail when they were served with warrants.

Matthews identified the man who fled to Miami as Ernest Maurice Allen, 25. He said members of a Miami-Dade County fugitive squad arrested Allen and that he will be extradited back to Kershaw County.

Allen is charged with three counts of distribution of cocaine, each of which were counted as third offenses; one count of distribution of crack cocaine (third offense); four counts of distribution of drugs in proximity of a school; and is wanted by the Camden Police Department for resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana.

Matthews said one suspect is still on the loose. He said Julius Terill Rogers, 29, is wanted for one count of distribution of crack cocaine. Rogers is already out on bond for possession of crack, simple possession of marijuana and a previous charge of crack cocaine distribution.

Others arrested include:

• Dexter Drakeford, 24 -- distribution of crack cocaine; currently jailed for trafficking and possessing crack cocaine.

• James Drakeford, 22 -- three counts of distribution of crack cocaine and three counts of distribution of crack cocaine within proximity of a school. Matthews said James Drakeford was out on bond for trafficking cocaine and a third offense of driving under suspension when he was arrested.

• James Wesley Blizzard, 50 -- distribution of marijuana.

• Keith Cotton, 23 -- two counts of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of simple possession of marijuana.

• Rasheed Haley, 21 -- one count each of distribution of crack cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.

• Jasmine Watkins, 24 -- simple possession of marijuana. Matthews said Watkins allowed her home to be used for distributing drugs.

• Nicholas Hunter, 26 -- a third offense of distribution of crack cocaine; one count of each possession of cocaine (third offense), simple possession of marijuana and violating parole. Matthews said Hunter was out on bond for crack cocaine distribution at the time of his arrest.

• Maricia Cotton, 24 -- conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

• Romar Anwan Clark, 25 -- possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of 400 counterfeit DVDs. Matthews said Clark was out on bond for a previous charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana at the time of his arrest.

• Ashley Jones, 24 -- simple possession of marijuana. Like Watkins, Matthews said Jones allowed her home to be used for drug distribution.

• Robbie Stokes, 31 -- distribution of cocaine.

• Natavia Looney, 24 -- conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and driving under suspension.

“We receive complaints on drug activity in Kershaw County on a regular basis,” Matthews said. “People are fed up with the drug dealing and the crime it causes. They contact me on Facebook or by phone and I pass their tips along to my narcs, who handle them quickly. Many of these suspects have prior convictions and my hope is that the solicitor’s office and the court system will work with us to get these people off our streets.”

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