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Two warrants, two cases, five arrests on drug charges
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Tonya Childers

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) charged a total of five people after executing two search warrants in separate cases on March 25 and March 27.

In the first case, members of the KCSO’s narcotics unit and special response team (SRT) executed a search warrant at a Doc Humphries Road residence in east Camden on March 25. The combined teams arrested Tonya Gail Childers, 43, and Bryan Anthony Mitchell, 27, both of the residence on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, which is a second offense for Childers. Agents also charged Mitchell with a second/subsequent offense of possession of marijuana, as well as Jeremy Fitzsimmons Hall, 25, also of the residence, with a second offense of meth possession.

After knocking and announcing themselves at the door, the SRT made forced entry into the residence and found Childers and Mitchell lying in bed in the master bedroom. They also found a 29-year-old Camden man lying on the couch in possession of a .380 caliber handgun, but did not file any charges against him.

Despite Childers’ claim that there were no narcotics in the home, a search turned up a bag of 2.9 grams worth of meth. Even after asking them about the meth, Childers and Mitchell claimed there wasn’t any inside their bedroom or closet. Agents also found a digital scale with meth residue and “distribution bags” under the night stand next to where the pair had been sleeping.

Due to information agents had received, an investigator went outside to check the back of the residence and found a camouflage bookbag lying on the ground next to the house. The investigator then noticed Hall lying underneath the house and loudly commanded him to come out. After he did so, he admitted the bookbag was his. Inside, the investigator found another .6 grams of meth in a plastic baggie that had been hidden inside a cigarette box.

A search of a 1994 Chevrolet Lumina led to the discovery of two boxes of .380 rounds of ammunition in the trunk. Mitchell claimed he had purchased the vehicle from a family member for $500. The 29-year-old said he found the gun lying on the side of the road and planned to sell it for money. When he said he didn’t want the gun back, agents seized that.

Online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records show a bonding company posted Childers $16,000 bond on March 26, the day following her arrest. Those records show there are three other pending charges against her, all from August 2018: the manufacture or possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I, II or III substance; meth distribution; and possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base.

Court records show a bonding company paid Mitchell’s total of $7,615 bond on March 27. The C-I reported in October 2018 that Mitchell had pleaded guilty to the unlawful carrying of a pistol and being in possession of a handgun with the serial number removed in connection with a traffic stop in August 2018. In October, a judge sentenced Mitchell to one year in jail, but credited him with time served and suspended the sentence upon 18 months probation.

As of Wednesday morning, detention center records showed Hall was still being held on $14,000 bond.

In the second case, KCSO narcotics agents executed a search warrant on March 27 on a room at the Days Inn in Lugoff on U.S. 601 and arrested Brittany Leigh Harris, 34, of Gardner Street, Camden, and Shannon Dawn Jackson, 43, of Dinkins Road, Lugoff on meth and heroin charges.

According to the incident report of this case, despite both women’s claims that there was nothing illegal in the room, agents found a tin can containing a bag of meth, bag of heroin and numerous distribution baggies. At first, both women denied ownership of the narcotics, but Harris later stated they were hers. Agents also recovered numerous syringes throughout the room, as well as two bags of heroin from a coin pocket in one of the pieces of clothing being worn by Jackson.

Agents charged Harris with separate charges of possession with intent to distribute meth and heroin, and Jackson with a second offense of possession of heroin.

According to online jail records, Jackson is being held on $10,000 bond. A bonding company paid Harris’ total $10,000 bond on April 1. She still faces a pending charge from February 2018 of narcotics possession.