32 arrested, 6 wanted in ‘Operation Crystal Clear’ drug dealer round-up in SC

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Narcotics officers arrested 32 people and are searching for six others in their “Operation Crystal Clear” drug dealer round-up.

The drug round-up targeting drug dealers started early Tuesday morning and into early Wednesday morning, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies, Homeland Security Investigations and Cherokee Detention Center officers assisted in the drug round-up.

In total, 38 suspects have been charged with various drug-related crimes, with 78 warrants being obtained. Sheriff’s Office officials said 32 suspects have been arrested. Those individuals include:

  1. Charles Edward Mullinax, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of marijuana
  2. Melissa Dawn Martin, of Gaffney, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine with half a mile of a school
  3. Kesley Rachelle Blanton, of Blacksburg, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine
  4. Edward Gauge Nixon, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  5. Amanda Faye Lee, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  6. Ashlee Lynn Fort, of Chesnee, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  7. Shelly Lynn Smith, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  8. John Wayne Orr, of Blacksburg, charged with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  9. Wylie Reginald Stradford, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  10. Iris Charleen Corry, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of schedule II oxycodone, distribution of schedule II oxycodone within a half mile of a school and possession of schedule II hydrocodone
  11. Christopher Scott Blackwell, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  12. Tracy Lynn Hurst, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  13. Lisa Ann Schwendner, of Gaffney, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine
  14. Aaron Corey Sprouse, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school, trafficking methamphetamine 100 grams or more, but less than 200 grams and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
  15. Steven Sentell Smith, of Gaffney, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school.
  16. Roger Dean Wylie, II, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a weapon and violation of probation arrest warrant
  17. Shannon Nicole Butler, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school.
  18. Joshua Shane Phillips, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  19. Cameron Alan Eaton, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  20. Jeremiah Wayne Johnson, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  21. Alan Wilson Upchurch, of Gaffney, charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  22. Kevin Michael Eaker, of Blacksburg, charged with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  23. Brady Felmet McDaniel, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  24. Jason Matthew Ricks, Jr., of Blacksburg, charged with possession of methamphetamine
  25. Bradley James Smith, of Gaffney, charged with possession of methamphetamine
  26. Lance David Manley, of Blacksburg, of possession of methamphetamine
  27. Morgan Elizabeth Rollins, of Greer, charged with possession of methamphetamine
  28. Ross Ala Rittacco, of Blacksburg, charged with possession of methamphetamine
  29. Curtis James Helms, Lincolnton, N.C., charged with trafficking methamphetamine 10 grams or more, but less than 28 grams
  30. Tara Ann Tangaray Samanth Dorsett, of Gaffney, charged with trafficking methamphetamine 100 grams or more, but less than 200 grams and possession of a weapon during a violent crime
  31. Tasha Lee Howard, of Clover, charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a weapon and simple possession of marijuana.
  32. Christopher Wayne Thomas, of Blacksburg, charged with possession of metamphetamine

The six other individuals currently wanted and who have been entered into NCIC are:

  1. Mykerrius Raheen Lumarquist Davidson, of Gaffney, charged with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine
  2. Gary Todd Norman, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  3. James Noah Upchurch, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  4. Anthony Craig Scott, of Gaffney, charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school
  5. Marcy Lynn Binns, of Blacksburg, charged with distribution of methamphetamine
  6. Robert Edward Lapoint, of Grover, N.C., charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within a half mile of a school

” The Cherokee County Community Action Team (C.A.T.) based out of the Narcotics Unit has been working on this operation over the past 120 days conducting undercover video buys all over Cherokee County. The undercover video buys greatly enhance the strength of each case as the video often provides irrefutable evidence that can be played in the courtroom for a judge and jury,” sheriff’s office officials said in the news release. “This group of drug dealers also fuels other crimes in our community such as larcenies and burglaries as the individuals seeking to purchase illegal drugs often commit other crimes to get money to support their addictions. When our officers remove these pushers from the streets, we generally see a decrease in other illegal activity.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the six wanted individuals or anyone needing to report any illegal activity is asked to call 1-888-CRIMESC, as well as email cattip@cherokeecountysheriff.net.

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