CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Seven Lowcountry men were arrested last week after a multi-agency drug bust that spanned four counties and nearly a dozen agencies.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the arrests came after a task force made up of the Atlanta Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Dorchester/Summerville Metro Narcotics Unit, and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.
"Today's operation is a testament to the effectiveness of the OCDETF program in dismantling drug trafficking organizations, from their South Carolina base up to their sources of supply," said United States Attorney Bill Nettles of the District of South Carolina.
The seven people arrested are allegedly involved in a drug distribution conspiracy and trafficking network operating between Mexico and South Carolina.
The U.S. Attorney's Office identified the suspects as Jose Alfredo Sierra-Reynoso, of St. Matthews; Michael "Bizzy B" Clark, of Holly Hill; Lonnell "June" McFadden, of Holly Hill; Marion Jerome "Jigga" Mack, of Holly Hill; Adryenne R. Johnson, of Lexington; Allen "Dirty" Washington, of Holly Hill; and Harold Robinson, also of Holly Hill.
All seven were charged by a Grand Jury with conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in South Carolina. The conspiracy allegedly began in July 2011.
"Dismantling sophisticated transnational criminal organizations takes a lot of teamwork and a lot of effort," said Special Agent in Charge Brock D. Nicholson, Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta. "HSI is a strong supporter of the DEA's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and we are proud to have played a role in this investigation."
More than 75 law enforcement officers executed arrest warrants in Lexington, Calhoun, Dorchester, and Orangeburg counties.
"Criminals think they can avoid the law by running across county or state lines and even national borders. This collaborative effort among law enforcement agencies from every branch of government shows clearly there's no place to hide for those who would do harm to our citizens." said Chief Mark Keel of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.