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MUGS: Dozens Arrested In Oconee Co. Meth Bust

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Dozens of people in Oconee County have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine investigation. Dozens of people in Oconee County have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine investigation.
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OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -

Oconee County deputies arrested two more people over the Thanksgiving holiday in connection with Operation Smurf. 

Authorities now say all 31 suspects wanted on conspiracy to manufacture meth charges for the purchase or attempted purchase of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of making meth have either been arrested or were already in custody and served with new warrants. See the list of suspects below.

The sheriff’s office is calling the bust “Operation Smurf.” Smurfing is a term for when people get together and visit several stores to buy Pseudophedrine, which is used in the process of making meth. These people are usually paid in money or drugs.

“The operation today is focusing on those individuals who have over the course of this year purchased Pseudoephedrine for the purposes of making methamphetamine,” according to Lt. Jeremy Chapman, Narcotics and Vice Supervisor of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “The purpose also is to focus on those individuals as well who are purchasing Pseudoephedrine for the purpose of giving the drug to those who are manufacturing (the cooks) meth.”

Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, and West Union police departments all assisted in the operation.

List of Suspects Arrested In Operation Smurf

  • Timothy Joseph Myers, 32
  • Alley Elizabeth Eades, 22
  • Russell Howard Rogers, 24
  • Joyce Thelma Rogers, 61
  • Dorothy Louise Moody, 64
  • Sherry Renee Owens, 42
  • Dustin Wayne Wesley Turpin, 25
  • Richard Smith, 45
  • James Franklin Ice, 30
  • Bradley Alan Stenzinger, 34
  • Roger Caness Martin, Jr., 36
  • Tony Lamar Jenkins, 52
  • Sheron Nicole Nelon, 31
  • Albert Joseph Rogers, 47
  • Evertt Gilbert, 30
  • Peggy Jo Gibson Eaker, 41
  • Joseph Beyer, 45
  • Candice Marie Bull, 18
  • Eldon Jerome Barnes, 43
  • Tiffani Page Matthews, 20
  • Heath Brent Jenkins, 33
  • Carly Regan Hendricks, 25
  • Shannon David Powers, 34
  • Amber Nichole Eades, 25
  • Crystal Nicole Boykin, 25
  • Jennifer Beth Hippensteal, 31
  • Ernest Wayne Hippensteal, 35
  • Teresa Diane Durham, 46
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