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KCSO seizes weapons, more at S.C. DOC lieutenant's home

Also, stolen goods recovered from home belonging to Elgin drug dealer's father

Posted: February 20, 2011 4:58 p.m.
Updated: February 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews stands over more than 30 weapons in a hallway at KCSO headquarters Sunday. The weapons -- most of which are believed to be stolen -- were recovered Friday from the home of a S.C. DOC lieutenant.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested a S.C. Department of Corrections lieutenant Friday after a total of 34 weapons were recovered from his Elginwood Drive home in Elgin.

Robert George Miller, 47, is charged with possession of stolen goods over $10,000. Other recovered items include a riding lawn mower, welders, portable generators and air compressors, and a 2006 4-wheeler stolen out of Virginia in 2009.

“We’ve already determined five of the weapons are stolen,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, “and we are working with the ATF (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) on the rest. It may take us up to a month, but it’s likely the vast majority of them are stolen.”

Most of the recovered weapons were long guns, including several pump action models, at least one semi-automatic, a muzzleloader and a .44 magnum rifle with scope KCSO Capt. Ed Corey said is worth around $5,000.

“We received credible information there were stolen guns at this residence,” said Matthews, at least one of which was from as far away as Texas.

Two cases of ammunition were also recovered. Matthews and Corey said it did not appear anyone else was involved with Miller.

“Somehow, stolen guns just seem to gravitate to him,” Matthews said, calling Miller a gun “hoarder.

Dixonville arrest

Also arrested Friday in a separate case was 51-year-old James Dixon after search warrants were executed at two homes he owns on Dixon Road, Elgin, located behind Blaney Elementary School.

“During the execution of those search warrants and extremely large quantity of stolen goods were recovered,” said Matthews.

The lengthy list, covering three pages worth of a KCSO report, included power tools; electronics, including keyboards; 11 firearms; and air conditioners, pressure washers and other similar items.

“There were even golf clubs -- you name it, everything you can think of -- plumbing fixtures,” Matthews said. “Mr. Dixon’s son, Jamie, is a well-known drug dealer in Kershaw County who has been arrested numerous times, but most of his cases get nolle prossed.”

That means the cases have been dropped.

According to Matthews, Jamie Lubell Dixon only appears to have been convicted for lower level offenses.

According to a KCSO report, Jamie Dixon was arrested last August when a U.S. Marshal found him in possession of 27 grams of cocaine. A further search of his home turned up drug equipment with cocaine residue and pieces of crack cocaine, marijuana and more than $3,000 cash.

Jamie Dixon was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within proximity of a school; and simple possession of marijuana.

He walked out of jail two days later.

Matthews said Jamie Dixon was arrested again two weeks ago and, again, was released on bond.

The connection between father and son, said Matthews, is that James Dixon was holding stolen property given to his son in exchange for drugs to sell.

“Crack dealers routinely steal things. These people were going to ‘Dixonville’ and trading these stolen items for crack,” said Matthews.

The sheriff said the majority of stolen items appear to be from Kershaw County, but there were some items from Richland County and at least one item from Lexington County.

“Jamie’s reputation is so wide-spread, people were coming to him from other counties,” said Matthews.

Like Miller, James Dixon has been charged with possession of stolen goods over $10,000.

“Although everyone is innocent until proven guilty, there is evidence that, while the father is not a drug dealer, he handled the stolen property side of things,” Matthews said.

He said his department timed the raid on the senior Dixon’s homes very carefully. Jamie Dixon was in court Friday morning for a bond revocation hearing. The hope was that James Dixon would be there as well.

“He was in the office a few weeks ago, complaining about his son’s being harassed by police,” said Matthews. “He said all he was trying to do was run his business.”

While at least Jamie Dixon was in court, deputies, with assistance from the ATF and Elgin Police Department, went to the homes. Blaney Elementary School was locked down as a precaution, said Matthews. Luckily, he said, no one was home and the search went smoothly.

Also Friday, KCSO deputies executed a search warrant at a room at Camden’s Parkview Motel on West DeKalb Street.

Arrested were Brittain Tanner, 17; Gregory Greene, 51; Marquis Smith, 19; and Spencer Wise, 30.

“They have all been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and crack cocaine. Deputies gave trespass notices to others there and told management they need to be more selective about who to let their rooms to,” said Matthews.

Those four arrests capped what Matthews called a busy, but productive day.

Of those arrested Friday, Smith, Miller and James Dixon were released on bond Saturday, while Greene and Wise were still listed in custody as of Sunday.

No information could be found on Tanner’s status.

Jamie Dixon’s bond revocation hearing was continued until Tuesday.

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