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11 charged in second phase of CPD drug investigation

Posted: September 2, 2010 3:49 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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The oldest outstanding warrants were from a pair of Oct. 2008 undercover buys. They were served on Derrick Robinson for twice selling quantities of crack cocaine to an agent on the 700 block of Pine Street.

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Eleven people were arrested during a two-week period and described as "Phase II" of an ongoing Camden Police Department (CPD) drug investigation.

The 11 suspects, arrested between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2, were all charged in connection with undercover drug buys agents working with the CPD conducted as far back as June 2008. Most of the transactions took place earlier this year.

CPD Chief Joe Floyd said the investigation -- which included the arrests of 15 people in July -- is not an attempt to search for a "kingpin." He characterized the suspects as "street level" dealers the CPD is trying to get off the streets.

While there is no single person investigators are looking for, there was one young man they were especially happy to arrest.

Branden Tisean Service, only 18, of McGee Town Road, Bishopville, was arrested Aug. 21 after fleeing from officers investigating reports of heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic on George Wright Street, a fairly short, narrow street between King and Bull streets in south Camden. According to a CPD report, everyone except Service went inside a house. Service began running but was quickly captured and found to be carrying a rectractable razor blade knife; baggies of marijuiana, crack cocaine and powder cocaine; and nearly $100 cash. A backpack was found near where Service had run through some woods with more baggies of drugs and a digital scale.

Service was ultimately served with nine warrants: possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute (PWID) powder cocaine, PWID cocaine near a school, distribution of marijuana, distribution of marijuana near a school, distribution of cocaine, distribution of powder cocaine near a school and two warrants for PWID marijuana.

Service was still listed as being in custody Thursday at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

The oldest cases involved Derrick Robinson, 49, of Westview Drive, Cassatt. One warrant stated that on June 8, 2008, Robinson sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an undercover agent on the 700 block of Pine Street in Camden. The second warrant stated that Robinson was back at that same location two days later, June 10, 2008, and sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an undercover agent. He was served warrants for distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine in proximity of a park on Aug. 27.

Another old case was resolved Sept. 1 when officers served Shon Lamont Favor, 24, of Widsom Drive, Camden, with distribution of crack cocaine. The alleged incident actually took place Oct. 9, 2009, when he is said to have sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an undercover agent on the 700 block of Chestnut Street.

Only two women were arrested during Phase II of the CPD's crackdown. Rhonda Jeanette Boone, 40, of Wheeler Road, Camden, allegedly sold a quantity of hydrocodone, which is a Schedule III narcotic, to an undercover agent on March 24 near an East DeKalb Street grocery store. She was arrested Aug. 24 and served warrants for distribution of a Schedule III narcotic and distribution within proximity of a park.

The second woman named in warrants the CPD provided was Dalphyne Lynetta Adamson, 53, of Pine Street, Camden. Adamson allegedly sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an undercover agent at her home. She was charged with distribution of crack cocaine and distribution near a school or park. Adamson was still listed in custody at the county jail Thursday.

Others arrested during the sweep:

* Michael Brown, 22, of Laurens Street, Camden -- two counts each of distribution of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine near a school or park for undercover buys in late February and early March.

* Michael Tyler Davis, 18, of Denton Street, Camden -- distribution of marijuana for allegedly selling a quantity of the drug to an undercover agent on the 800 block of West DeKalb Street May 13.

* Frankie Todd Jones Jr., 20, of Maroney Street, Camden -- distribution of Xanax and distribution of Xanax near a park for selling a quantity of the drug to an undercover agent on May 26 on East DeKalb Street.

* George Andrew Lenix, 58, who was listed as living at the same address as Adamson on Pine Street -- distribution of crack cocaine and PWID near a school or park for allegedly selling a quantity of crack to an undercover agent on May 18 near the home.

* Dustin Zane Outlaw, 28, of Simmons Drive, Camden -- distribution of marijuana and distribution of marijuana near a park for allegedly selling a quantity of the drug to an undercover agent near an East DeKalb Street bowling alley on May 20; and the same charges for selling marijuana to an undercover agent near the intersection of Mill and DeKalb streets on May 26.

* Andrew Dwight Thompson, 32, of Laurens Street, Camden -- distribution of crack cocaine (third offense) and distribution of crack cocaine in proximity of a school for allegedly selling a quantity of the drug to an undercover agent at a West DeKalb Street address on March 24.

Brown, Davis, Jones, Lenix and Outlaw have been released on bond. Thompson was still listed as being in custody at the county jail as of Thursday.

Floyd said the operation isn't over.

"We will be continuing the investigation and more phases are possible," said Floyd. "We're still looking for more drugs."

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