CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – In a press conference Thursday, US Attorney Sherri Lydon announced a takedown this week targeting Horry county gang members involved in a federal drug trafficking conspiracy.
The indictment unsealed Thursday morning included 46 counts against 27 different defendants. All but three of those suspects were rounded up Wednesday with help from 125 different law enforcement agents from a dozen different agencies. The FBI is still actively looking for Christopher Kayvon Giddens of Longs, Rondric Tykeme Smith of Conway and Katelyn Anne Stetler of Little River.
US Attorney Lydon says the covert operation began in 2017 and targeted “G-Shine,” a gang in the Horry County community. The group was formerly known as the “Gangster Killer Bloods”, a gang that evolved from United Blood Nation. Agents used undercover surveillance, confidential source information, and other techniques to establish the agreement between coconspirators to sell various drugs.
The indictment charges the defendants with forming an agreement to distribute heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana and charges several with the actual distribution of these drugs and the use of “wireless communications devices” to further the organization’s drug trafficking activity.
“We will spare no resources to make sure this community is safe,” US Attorney Lydon said Thursday in the press conference. “Myrtle Beach has the full attention of federal law enforcement.”
Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson also spoke at the press conference and expressed his appreciation for the help from the US Attorneys Office.
Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill also spoke, and had a message for the remaining three suspects on the loose.
“My talk to them is ‘turn yourself in.’ Do it as soon as possible because if not were gonna come looking for you. Early in the morning, at night, when those stores are closing, uh, those footprints you hear, those strange noises, will be us stalking you,” said Chief Hill.
The following defendants are in custody:
Aaron Delond Stanley, a/k/a “Heat Santana,” of Myrtle Beach
Richard Earl Hemingway, Jr., a/k/a “Jeezy,” of Myrtle Beach
Rashea Omar Jenerette, a/k/a “Dog,” of Poplar
Thurston Jay Hardiman, a/k/a “Thirst,” of Longs
Christopher Lamont Pino, a/k/a “Pine,” of Little River
Trey Levert Cox, aka “Cheese” a/k/a “Sosa,” of Poplar
Terrance Damon Richardson, Jr., a/k/a “Juicy,” of Longs
Kennis Lorenzo Willard, a/k/a “Kilo,” of Longs
Terrice Bayshawn Livingston, a/k/a “Biz,” of Longs
Crystal Nicole Dickey, of Little River
Cory Antwan Pertell, of Loris
Jada Teal Abril Pyatt, of Myrtle Beach
Wendy Elaine Blue, of Longs
Michelle Denise McFee, of Little River
Kalaera Marie Gee, of Marion
Javarius Albert Grant Murray, of Myrtle Beach
Eddie Mario Jones, a/k/a “Coco,” of Myrtle Beach
Marcus Antonio Hemingway, a/k/a “Mark,” of Longs
Donte Raquan Xavier Livingston, a/k/a “Bootsie,” of Myrtle Beach
Xavier Jermaine Horne, a/k/a “Rush,” of Myrtle Beach
Montea Daryel Myers, of Myrtle Beach
Glen Garrick Holley, of Myrtle Beach
Michelle Lindsey Singleton, of Myrtle Beach
Blake Lashay Evans, a/k/a “Breezy,” of Longs
The suspects arrested Wednesday were indicted in federal court in Florence Wednesday afternoon. The suspects already in state custody will make their first appearance before a judge Friday.
The US Attorneys office thanked Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, 15th circuit DEU and solicitors office, Myrtle Beach Police Department, Conway Police Department, SLED, DEA, US Marshals Service, US Postal Inspection Service and the FBI.
Any person with information on the whereabouts of the three remaining suspects should contact the FBI Columbia Tip Line at 803-551-4200.