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Elgin man arrested on numerous drug charges

Posted: December 14, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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James Clerf Javins

During the early morning hours Thursday, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested James Clerf Javins, 41, of Roberts Drive, Elgin, after they discovered nearly 2 ounces of crack cocaine, 8 grams of cocaine, 4 ounces of marijuana and 20 oxycontin pills following the execution of a search warrant on Javins’ residence.

According to a KCSO press release, agents executed the search warrant at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday. Once inside, they discovered the crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana and oxycontin pills in Javins’ bedroom. Javins’ wife was present, but was not charged after Javins claimed ownership of the drugs. 

Agents charged Javins with a third offense of trafficking crack cocaine, third offense of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance. The KCSO transported Javins to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.

In the press release, Sheriff Jim Matthews said Javins has an extensive arrest record including violent offenses. The sheriff said Javins has been arrested for disturbing schools, trespassing, malicious injury to property, simple assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, disorderly conduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal sexual conduct with a minor, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, kidnapping, manufacturing/distribution of crack cocaine, assault and battery with intent to kill, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and animal fighting. In addition, Javins previously faced federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

“Once again, we all ask ourselves why is this person on the street after so many arrests? What is wrong with our criminal justice system that allows this? Illegal drugs, their distribution and use, are contributing factors in almost all crimes,” Matthews said. “Javins is now facing serious prison time. It remains to be seen if he gets it.”

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