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Two dozen people charged in drug investigation

A drug investigation in three South Carolina counties resulted in more than 100 charges against 24 people. The investigation began in 2016 and is still ongoing. Law enforcement reports that wiretapping was a significant tool in the investigation. A press release from the state attorney general's office refers to the operation as "Gimme the Loot."

A bond hearing was held on March 5. Among the charges faced by the 22 men and two women are money laundering, trafficking marijuana, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking crack, trafficking cocaine and trafficking heroin.

Woman killed in Mother's Day shooting due to mistaken identity

A South Carolina mother of three was the tragic victim of a violent crime on Mother's Day in a case of mistaken identity. The 36-year-old woman was driving home after a Mother's Day celebration when someone began shooting at her car. Prosecutors stated the car was shot at because it looked like another vehicle that was involved in a shootout earlier in the day. The victim's vehicle hit a wall at a neighborhood gas station after she was shot in the neck. She was taken to the hospital, where she died a few hours later.

Police had been alerted to two cars racing down the street in a Charleston neighborhood shooting at each other. The shootout proceeded out of the residential area and onto Interstate 26, where one vehicle, a Chrysler, broke away and drove off. The woman who was shot and killed drove a vehicle similar to the one involved in the earlier shooting, and the perpetrators thought this was the car they were looking for.

Man charged in murder of missing South Carolina woman

On Feb. 15, authorities arrested a South Carolina man for allegedly murdering a woman who had been missing since late last year. In addition to murder, he has been charged with the destruction or desecration of human remains.

According to Bennettsville police, the woman's husband reported her missing. He said that he had not seen her since Nov. 18. Officers initiated a search and located human remains in Marlboro County. An autopsy performed at the Medical University of South Carolina confirmed that the remains belonged to the missing woman. An investigation concluded that the defendant killed the woman in Bennettsville on Nov. 19. He then placed her body in a wooded area near Syrian Road.

Teenage killer to receive revised sentence

A man who was 16 when he killed two people in 1988 in South Carolina originally received a life sentence without parole. However, a life sentence without parole for someone under 18 when a crime occurs has now been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and courts at the state level. Expert testimony suggests that the brains of people that young are not fully developed.

The man acknowledged that he killed a 22-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man in Chester County 30 years ago. His attorney suggested that he had been rehabilitated during his time in prison. However, the prosecutor in the case said that the man has a violent history that should be taken into consideration when debating a new sentence.

Ways drug possession charges impact high schoolers' futures

The police arrest people every day for drug possession. It is an unfortunate reality that many of the people facing arrest are only teenagers

drug possession conviction will lead to numerous consequences for anyone, but it can be particularly detrimental for someone still in high school. In many cases, a teenager caught with even a small amount of marijuana can lead to jail time, substantial fines and probation. However, the consequences can be more far-reaching than that. 

Woman faces multiple charges from shooting incident

Authorities in Seneca took a 32-year-old woman into custody following a shooting that happened at about 2 a.m on Feb. 3. The incident took place on the 123 Bypass at a Marathon gas station. One of the victims said that the woman walked up to her car, tapped the glass with a gun and started shooting as the car was traveling in reverse

Another woman said that she was outside and ran away from the gunfire. Authorities say that six .380 caliber shell casings were found at the scene. Before the shooting, the victims allegedly got into an argument with the shooter at a nearby bar. The woman who was taken into custody said that she was too drunk to remember what had happened. She is facing charges of attempted murder as well as malicious injury to personal property. Furthermore, she was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

South Carolina town accuses public employee of embezzlement

An audit conducted by the city government of St. Matthews, a community of about 2,000 south of the South Carolina state capital, resulted in an arrest warrant against a 47-year-old former female public employee. Law enforcement arrested her in Calhoun County on charges of embezzling public funds in excess of $10,000.

The affidavit accompanying the arrest warrant detailed the evidence cited against the woman. Her position for the town included handling payments to the municipality, and the money appeared to be unaccounted for according to an internal audit. Town officials began the audit in early 2017 shortly after the accused person resigned from her job after allegedly taking actions to delay the audit. Investigators suspected that she had mishandled the money from January 2014 to January 2017.

Man accused of shooting 19-year-old female clerk

A South Carolina man was taken into custody on Jan. 23 after he was accused of killing a 19-year-old woman at Peach Stand in Fort Mill. According to the arrest warrant, the 28-year-old man allegedly shot the female clerk multiple times with a handgun.

The report said that the 19-year-old clerk was working at The Peach Stand when the accused man, who had no previous criminal record in South Carolina, shot her several times. The man was ultimately charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was denied bond and remained in custody at York County jail.

Sharing your pain meds can lead to criminal drug charges

You may think that giving a friend in need some of your pain medications is caring. Giving and sharing prescription narcotics is not something you should get in the habit of doing or you could end up facing criminal drug charges. Also, if you carry your medication around loose in your pocket, purse and outside of an approved container, you could end up facing more drug charges. It is also unlawful to keep narcotics in unapproved containers. 

Do not assume that if you do it once, you can do it again because you have not been caught. Law enforcement agencies across the country are cracking down on prescription drug abuse. The opioid crisis highlights many of the dangers associated with the abuse and illegal distribution of prescription drugs. Here is a brief overview of the dangers of sharing prescription medications. 

Man charged after shooting stepson

On Jan. 14, a South Carolina man was facing attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly attempted to shoot and kill his 26-year-old stepson. Authorities said that the shooting occurred at a home on Walcott Drive in Lyman.

According to an arrest warrant, the 66-year-old man shot the stepson in the chest with a .38-caliber revolver pistol. He allegedly stated that, although he hit the stepson in the shoulder and not the heart, he could have killed him if he wanted to. The stepson was taken to a hospital for treatment. The man was taken into custody and was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime in addition to the attempted murder charge. He was also ticketed for simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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