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Busy KCSO arrests four in drug, gun cases

Posted: September 30, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Samuel Stewart

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four people during the course of two days in separate cases involving drugs and guns.

Thursday, the KCSO, assisted by the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP), arrested Christopher Murphy, 32, of Lugoff, and Kendrick Wilson, 33, of Camden, following a high speed chase that traveled through Camden and onto I-20.

Friday, KCSO narcotics investigators executed a search warrant on a Campbell Street home in Camden. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said agents notified the Camden Police Department before executing the search. As a result of that search, investigators arrested Dee Dee Drakeford, 30, and Samuel Stewart, 21, both of Camden.

Matthews said the two cases are not related.

Thursday’s chase started when a KCSO traffic officer attempted to stop Murphy and give him a warning ticket for a faulty headlight. It turned out, however, that Murphy and Wilson had crack cocaine and marijuana in their possession and decided to flee, according to a statement released by Matthews. The chase began in Camden on West DeKalb Street near American Legion Post No. 17, continued on to South Broad Street and then eastbound on I-20.

During the chase, which Matthews said reached speeds in excess of 100 mph on I-20, the pursuing officer saw drugs being thrown out of Murphy and Wilson’s vehicle. Approximately 40 pieces of crack cocaine, as well as a small quantity of marijuana, were recovered after the chase. Additional KCSO deputies, as well as SCHP troopers joined in the chase, when the suspects’ vehicle blew its engine near Exit 101.

Murphy faces charges of failing to stop for blue lights, DUI, driving under suspension (second offense), possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Murphy was also wanted on a family court bench warrant.

Wilson’s charges include possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.

Drakeford and Stewart’s arrests Friday came after KCSO investigators followed up on citizen complaints. During the execution of the search warrant at the Campbell Street home.



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