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Lengthy investigation yields two major arrests

Posted: July 31, 2014 4:55 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2014 5:00 a.m.

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Two Camden men are behind bars on multiple charges of crack cocaine distribution following a six-month investigation involving the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Katrell Cooke, 36, of Monroe Street, and Tarik Omar Shiggs, 32 of West Hampton Street, on Wednesday. Both men are also charged with distribution of crack cocaine in proximity to a school.

KCSO narcotics investigators began focusing their efforts on Cooke and Shiggs early this year. The press release said both are well known crack cocaine dealers in Kershaw County, primarily in the Camden area. Deputies gathered evidence on Cooke and Shiggs through countless hours of surveillance as well as tips from members of the community.

Over time, undercover DEA and FCSO assisted the KCSO in making several large controlled crack cocaine buys from both suspects. The DEA funded the purchases, due to the large quantities of crack cocaine involved.

The KCSO reported Shiggs has prior arrests for numerous traffic offenses, several narcotics arrests, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary, kidnapping and trafficking cocaine.

The KCSO listed Cooke with previous arrests for distribution of crack cocaine (multiple arrests), distribution of crack cocaine in proximity to a school, resisting arrest (multiple arrests), hindering an officer, disorderly conduct, possession of crack cocaine (multiple arrests), assault and battery, simple assault, burglary, lynching, assault and battery with intent to kill, breach of peace, threatening the life of a person or family of official and other minor offenses.

“While the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office responds to citizen complaints of drug dealing at any level, these two arrests are especially significant,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “We believe that Katrell Cooke and Tarik Shiggs were the two largest suppliers of crack cocaine in Kershaw County. They supplied the smaller dealers and have been doing so for a long time. These arrests should put a huge dent in the availability of crack cocaine in Kershaw County, at least for the short term. Cooke and Shiggs can join the countless other drug dealers in prison who never thought they would get caught

“We will relentlessly pursue whoever ultimately replaces these two men. Our goal is to lock up these drug dealers or make them take their business someplace else.”

As of Thursday afternoon, Cooke and Shiggs are listed as being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. If convicted, both men face very lengthy prison sentences, Matthews said.

“Both of these men have done a lot of harm in the community,” he said.



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