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Two arrested in heroin, pot, synthetic narcotics bust

Posted: April 28, 2014 6:57 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2014 6:54 a.m.

Two people were jailed April 16 and charged with several narcotics violations and a weapons charge following an investigation by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

KCSO narcotics investigators arrested Dwight Johnson, 47 and Pamela Thitchener, 48 with approximately 125 bags of heroin, a half pound of marijuana and more than 170 assorted synthetic narcotics medications.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews reported narcotics officers received information that Johnson, who lived in several locations in Kershaw County, had reportedly been selling heroin, marijuana and pain pills. Deputies conducted surveillance and were able to determine exactly where Johnson lived. Ofiicers stopped several individuals leaving Johnson’s residence and subsequent searches of their vehicles located heroin and marijuana.

Based on their findings, deputies obtained a search warrant for Johnson’s residence at 1278 Kennedy Road in Lugoff. Deputies seized 125 bags of heroin which were reportedly packaged for individual sale. Approximately a half-pound of marijuana and assorted pharmaceutical narcotics were also confiscated, along with a .45-caliber pistol.

Johnson, a convicted felon with numerous narcotics arrests and convictions, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute scheduled narcotics. Thitchener was arrested on the same charges, but was not charged for the pistol.

Matthews reported Johnson is out on bond for trafficking cocaine in North Charleston and remains in the Kershaw County Detention Center. He will have to appear before a circuit court judge for his bond hearing. Thitchener was released on bond.

“Within the past year there have been two heroin overdose deaths in Kershaw County. We have been hearing about a resurgence of heroin use in the Midlands and now we have made this significant heroin seizure in Kershaw County. Heroin is back. Getting Dwight Johnson off the street should impact the availability of heroin in our county,” Matthews said. “Since Johnson obviously ignored the requirements of his bond, it is our hope that the judge who sets his bond will either deny bond or set one too high for him to make. He is definitely a danger to our community.”

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