Bethune Drug Trafficking Bust Lands 9 People in Jail with Criminal Charges
Reportedly, 9 suspects have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking crimes. The investigation and arrests are ongoing.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says that the drug ring has operated “virtually unimpeded” in Bethune for years. Last year, a “simple traffic stop” began a lengthy criminal investigation into drug trafficking in the area, and has now landed 9 suspects in jail, with more to come.
“Drug dealers have a negative effect on the town,” Don Witham, a Bethune resident, said. “You have constituents complaining about things going on late at night, noise, and parties … Our local policemen, in connection with the sheriff’s office, have been making efforts to clean it up. I think it will have a significant impact. I’m hoping if there’s others left they may start looking for other ground that’s not here.”
Drug trafficking charges against the suspects include possession and distribution of crack cocaine, marijuana, and controlled substances (often prescription drugs), including two charges of distribution near a park.
The drug trafficking investigation began back in November, according to Matthews. Officers were able to go undercover and buy crack, marijuana, and prescription pills off numerous drug dealers in the area, giving them lots of evidence of drug trafficking, possession, and distribution.
“This was done properly. I think everything is videotaped and audio taped. The last nail was hammered into the coffins for these guys, so we’re happy to get them out of circulation at least until they get released on bond, which they will,” Matthews said.
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