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KCSO arrests fugitive in major drug bust

Posted: January 29, 2018 4:54 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Ike Joel Mitchell

A Camden man who never showed up for court hearings in connection with a June 2017 arrest on drug and weapons charges is now behind bars again.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) press release, on Thursday, deputies and agents of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Ike Joel Mitchell, 32, of Chestnut Street, Camden and charged him with one count each of trafficking more than 400 grams of methamphetamine, trafficking between 10 and 28 grams of methamphetamine, trafficking 28 or more grams of heroin, trafficking between 10 and 28 grams of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule V controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

According to online Kershaw County Detention Center records, Mitchell is being held on a total $190,000.

Camden Police Department officers had arrested Mitchell on June 4, 2017, after an officer spotted him sitting in a parked vehicle at Walmart. The officer detained him after smelling marijuana. Following a search of his car and person, the officer charged Mitchell with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful standing or parking in a prohibited area, resisting arrest, habitual traffic offender, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I or II narcotic, possession of crack cocaine and unlawful carrying of a weapon. He was later released on more than $38,000 bond.

Online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records show Mitchell was supposed to appear in court on at least four of those charges, but failed to do so.

On Thursday, and armed with a federal arrest warrant and an outstanding warrant from the sheriff’s office, several agents assigned to the Marshal’s task force met with KCSO investigators in an effort to locate and arrest Mitchell.

According to the press release, after receiving information as to his whereabouts, the arrest team located Mitchell in a Lugoff motel room and arrested him. A KCSO K9, trained in drug detection, alerted to the room where Mitchell had been staying. After obtaining another arrest warrant, deputies searched the room and came up with 1 kg of methamphetamine, 2.6 ounces of heroin, nearly one-half pound of marijuana, 10 grams of crack cocaine, 28 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, and 10 1-pint bottles of codeine syrup. Deputies also found Mitchell carrying a handgun, and found another one with the kilo of meth.

According to the KCSO’s press release, in addition to the $190,000 bond, the U.S. Bureau Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives placed a detainer on Mitchell on federal firearms charges. The KCSO is also working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for possible federal prosecution of the drug charges.

Mitchell has previously been arrested numerous times over a 12-year time frame, KCSO officials said in the press release, for narcotics offenses ranging from possession to distribution of crack cocaine, marijuana and MDMA, breach of peace, public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, multiple driving under suspension offenses, multiple failure to stop for a blue light offenses, habitual traffic offender and unlawful carrying of a weapon. 

“This is a very significant arrest with considerable quantities of drugs seized,” KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing said in the press release. “Mitchell has an extensive arrest record for narcotics dating back 12 years. Working with the feds is allowing us to get drug dealers like Mitchell off our streets and out of our communities.”


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