7 arrested, 3 still wanted in Myrtle Beach drug bust

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Seven people were arrested on an interstate drug trafficking organization that operated out of Myrtle Beach and Kingstree, according to Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett Dehart.

The investigation specifically targeted members of the drug trafficking organization based on sales of large quantities of dangerous drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and crack cocaine, and use of firearms in furtherance of their drug trafficking crimes. 

The following people were arrested:

  • Leroy Junior Cunningham, 45, of Myrtle Beach
  • Tyrone Brown, 46, of Myrtle Beach
  • Alex Letroy Glover, 41, of Conway
  • Tonya Grant Mitchell, 45, of Andrews
  • Derrick Cunningham, 43, of Myrtle Beach
  • Cameron Kazimierczak, 30, of Myrtle Beach
  • Marlin McKnight, 46, of Goose Creek

Three people are still at large, including Jamel Small , 32, of Myrtle Beach.  Charges against the two other defendants remain sealed at this time. 

This investigation is the latest in a series of joint state/federal operations aimed at curbing violent crime and drug overdoses in the Myrtle Beach area.  In 2020 and 2021, Operation New Optix resulted in drug charges against 34 defendants, 22 of whom have pled guilty to date.  In 2017, Operation Silver Sunset targeted 29 associates of a violent.  In 2018, Operation Rise and Shine targeted 33 associates of a related gang.  In 2020, Operation Broken Branch targeted 31 members of a drug trafficking organization in the Cedar Branch area of Horry County. 

Agents with DEA’s Florence Resident Office quarterbacked this investigation with significant participation from the following agencies: Myrtle Beach Police Department, Horry County Police Department, North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), United States Marshals Service, and the Kingstree Police Department. 

“The United States Attorney’s Office continues to vigorously prosecute major drug trafficking organizations, and the charges here speak to those efforts,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart.  “I want to thank all our federal and local partners for the countless hours they have spent working to dismantle these organizations across the Myrtle Beach area.  They continue to put themselves in harm’s way to make our communities safer.”

“These arrests are a direct result of the dedicated efforts between DEA and its law enforcement partners,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division Robert J. Murphy.  “Heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack are dangerous drugs that pose a clear and present danger to any community.  The Myrtle Beach area is safer today because these poly-drug traffickers have been removed from the streets.”

“Today is another example of what can be accomplished using the outstanding partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement,” said Chief Amy Prock of the Myrtle Beach Police Department.  “The dedication displayed by these officers and agents, along with the support we receive from our community members, shows the continued commitment we all have in addressing the behaviors of those who wish to cause harm in our community.”

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