13 arrested, more than 100 pounds of cocaine removed from SC streets, agents say
Thirteen people are currently in the custody of the Al Cannon Detention Center following an investigation involving DEA offices in several states, US Marshals, Homeland Security, the FBI, the ATF, SLED, SCHP and several local law enforcement agencies in several states.
Officials with the United States Attorney's Office say those individuals were working together to distribute about 100 pounds of cocaine, more than two pounds of crack, 100 grams of heroin, 129 grams of MDMA and a pound of marijuana.
Demetrius Dwayne Swinton, a/k/a "Million Dolla Meat", age 30, of Pooler, Georgia - NOT PICTURED
Liz Ashante Christopher, age 30, of Suwanee, Georgia - NOT PICTURED
Christopher Johnson, a/k/a "Unc", age 48, of Ridgeland, SC
Travis Wiggins, a/k/a "Trap", age 26, of Ridgeland, SC
Derrick Edwards, a/k/a "Markie", age 24 of Ridgeland, SC - NOT PICTURED
Johnita Anderson, a/k/a "Goat", age 35 of Hardeeville, SC
David Grober, a/k/a "JY", age 35, of Beaufort, SC
Boston Brown, age 30, of Bluffton, SC - NOT PICTURED
Samuel Jones, age 34, of Beaufort, SC
Ernest Tyrone Fields, a/k/a "Fly", age 37, of Hilton Head, SC
Devin Swinton, age 27, of Ridgeland, SC
Ryan Walters, age 31, of Hilton Head, SC
Terrance Wallace, a/k/a "Bird"- age 31, of Hilton Head, SC - NOT PICTURED
Investigators say 37 firearms, five cars used for trafficking and about $45,000 in cash were also seized. In addition to several drug charges, officials say some of the individuals also face weapons charges.
The maximum penalty each defendant could receive is life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000,000.
"The indictment and arrests of these defendants is the result of a lengthy investigation aimed at removing those responsible for pushing large quantities of drugs into our communities, often while armed with deadly weapons," U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said. "We will continue to move forward with this investigation and prosecution and do all we can to give the people of South Carolina a safe place to live."