31 arrested in drug sweep


By D. C. Moody - dmoody@civitasmedia.com



PICKENS COUNTY — The second phase of Operation Community Response resulted in 38 arrest warrants being issued in connection with 66 charges ranging from possession to trafficking in drugs that ranged from marijuana and cocaine to methamphetamines.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement of the arrests at a press conference held last Thursday. Phase one of Operation Community Response last November resulted in 56 arrests and 79 charges.

Sheriff Rick Clark said the arrests were made through community action and work in conjunction with the ATF, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, S.C. Department of Probation and Parole, Easley Police Department and Pickens City Police Department.

Clark was clear that Pickens County has zero tolerance for this type of criminal activity.

“If you have had property stolen, it was most likely because the thief was simply a prisoner to the addiction of methamphetamine or had a dependency on prescription drugs,” he stated. “As I have repeatedly said over and over, the communities within Pickens County are no longer going to tolerate it and they have formed a relationship with law enforcement to run the drug trade out of Pickens County.”

The following people remained in jail on Monday:

• Danyelle Brenda Yvonne Atkinson, 26, 108 Pickens Drive, Apt. #14 in Pickens, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine near a school. Arrest date: May 10.

• Jamie Dale Smith, 28, 243 Laurenwood Drive, Pickens, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine near a school (Pickens Elementary) and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Arrested: May 24.

• Gabrielle Annette Whitmire, 34, 108 Woodview Court, Easley, trafficking in methamphetamine. Arrested: April 22.

The following were released after posting bond:

• Kelli Nicole Atkinson, 36, of 181 Parkins Lane in Liberty, trafficking in methamphetamine. Arrested: May 10.

• Randy Barnes, 54, of 427 Finely Road in Easley, possession of methamphetamine, second offense. Arrested: May 10.

• Michael Paul Blythe, 38, of 8 Natick Drive in Piedmont, charged with distribution of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance (second offense), possession of cocaine (third offense), possession of crack cocaine (third offense) and possession of methamphetamine (third offense). Arrested: May 10.

• Kayla Dale Capps, 27, 126 McGahn Drive in Easley, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax). Arrested: May 23.

• Zachary Channing Dupler, 26, 103 Yellow Plum Drive, Liberty, possession of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 23.

• Seth Ligon Caleb Durham, 25, 114 Merganser Court, Liberty, possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Arrested: May 24.

• Mikell D. Fairy, 29, 240 Sitton Shoals Road, Senaca, distribution of marijuana, one count of trafficking in MDMA (Ecstacy) and two counts of distribution of MDMA. Arrested: May 10.

• Edna Pauline Fowler, 45, 247 Courtney Drive, Easley, furnishing contraband (heroin) to county jail. Arrested: May 24.

• Jonathan Eli Galloway, 28, 826 Ruhamah Road, Liberty, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine (second offense). Arrested: May 11.

• Darran Edens Gantt, 46, 193 Gantt Springs Road, Liberty, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of trafficking in methamphetamines (third offense), Arrested: May 9.

• Shawn Aaron Grassel, 28, 105 Pine Forest Court, Easley, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a control substance. Arrested: May 23.

• Heather Brewer Guy, 29, 170 Roanoke Road, Liberty, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Arrested: May 11.

• Ashley Renee Hatton, 27, 113 Rabbit Trail, Easley, three counts of distribution of marijuana. Arrested: May 10.

• Joshua Dale Lesley, 33, 656 Anthony Road, Easley, possession of methamphetamine. Arrested May 23.

• Dennis Whitfield Lewis, 49, 122 Boundary Drive, Pickens, distribution of a controlled substance. Arrested: May 10.

• Johnny Cecil Marcengill, 59, 103 New Court Lane, Easley, possession of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 26.

• Machelle Rai McGaha, 40, 120 Highside Drive, Central, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 10.

• Taylor Brooke Mulvey, 21, 826 Ruhamah Road, Liberty, distribution of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 11.

• Joshua Arthur Neuville, 23, 250 Elm St., Apt. 706, Clemson, distribution of cocaine and distribution of cocaine near a school (Clemson University). Arrested: May 11.

• Tyler Brock Oliver, 19, 461 Childress Road, Easley, distribution of cocaine and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Arrested: May 10.

• Jonathan Fred Riddle, 62, 204 Diamond Drive, Liberty, trafficking in methamphetamine. Arrested: May 10.

• Jackson Quaid Rowland, 20, 106-A Fox Hollow Trail, Central, distribution of cocaine. Arrested: May 10.

• Andrea Machelle Stewart, 50, 414 Florida Ave., Greenville, possession of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 24.

• Kimberly Nichole Turner, 30, 107 Shelby Drive, Pickens, possession of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 10.

• Donald Lewis White, 56, 840 Ridge Road, Easley, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine. Arrested: April 14.

• Caitlyn Danielle Gray, 200 Patterson Road, Liberty, unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Arrested: May 27.

• Allen Paul Morgan, 201 Lee St., Liberty, possession of methamphetamines. Arrested: May 16.

• Chad Ross Sluder, 180 Grace Lane, Liberty, possession of methamphetamine. Arrested: May 26.

As of Monday, the following were still wanted:

• Matthew Paul Ferguson, 629 Earls Bridge Road, Easley, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam), second offense.

• Joshua Anthony Hicks, 703 Cove Creek Road, Pickens, possession of methamphetamine

• Mitchell Wayne Hughes, 103 Yellow Plum Drive, Liberty, possession of methamphetamine

• Jennifer Page McConnell, 192 Diane Drive, Easley, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Morphine Sulfate -ER)

• Brittany Leann Miller, 125 Bridwell Road, Six Mile, possession of methamphetamine

• Joshua Eugene Seawright, 223 Sunny Lane, Pickens, two counts of possession of methamphetamine, second offense.

• Richard Edgar Thompson, 107 Pickens St., Easley, trafficking in methamphetamine

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By D. C. Moody

dmoody@civitasmedia.com

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

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