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KCSO arrests two Camden ‘Bloods’ gang members

Posted: June 22, 2017 5:24 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two members of the “Bloods” gang from Camden after observing suspicious activity at the Camden West Inn on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff on the night of June 16.

A KCSO press release identified the men deputies arrested as Denzel Dixon, 22, of Hampton Street, Camden; and Michael Gary, 26, of Laurens Street, Camden. Deputies charged Dixon with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Gary with possession of a stolen pistol.

According to the press release, a KCSO narcotics investigator and another deputy were observing activity at the Camden West Inn around 10 p.m. June 16 when they saw a silver Honda in the parking lot occupied by Gary and Dixon. The deputies -- who were on foot -- reported they smelled the odor of marijuana as they approached the car. They reported they saw Gary and Dixon smoking marijuana inside the vehicle.

The deputies asked the two men to exit the vehicle and ultimately searched the Honda, turning up about 5 ounces of marijuana and a Taurus 9mm handgun, which was fully loaded and reported stolen out of Darlington County. The deputies seized both the marijuana and the gun.

Dixon admitted to the possession of the marijuana. He later said he sold marijuana, which was his reason for being at the Camden West Inn. Gary admitted to possession of the handgun which he said he purchased “on the street.”

Following the arrests, the deputies determined both men are documented “Blood” gang members. The deputies reported both men were wearing “Blood” colors and that both admitted to being “Blood” members. The deputies transported Gary and Dixon to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC).

According to the KCSO, Gary has previously been arrested for multiple counts of burglary, as well as discharging a firearm, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, second-degree assault and battery, malicious injury to personal property, breaking into motor vehicles, simple possession of marijuana and shoplifting.

The KCSO said Dixon has previously been arrested for multiple counts of petit larceny and breaking into motor vehicles, as well as criminal conspiracy, burglary and simple possession of marijuana.

As of Tuesday afternoon, online KCDC records showed Gary as still detained with a cash/surety bond set at $20,000. Online court records show that on Tuesday, the solicitor’s office filed a motion for the revocation of a previous $5,000 bond set in connection with a similar weapons charge following Gary’s arrest on Jan. 18.

A judge also set a $20,000 cash/surety bond for Dixon. However, online court records showed the bond was paid on June 18.

In November 2012, Camden police officers arrested Dixon, who was 18 at the time, along with two others for breaking into two homes on Chesnut and Hampton streets. Online court records show Dixon pleaded guilty in June 2013 and was sentenced to six years as a youthful offender.

The men will have their first appearance in court on their current charges at 9 a.m. Aug. 14.

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