24 arrested in Upstate meth ring

dprice@thestate.comJune 28, 2013 

— Twenty-four people have been charged with drug crimes in connection with an Upstate methamphetamine ring in a 30-count indictment released Friday by the state Attorney General’s office.

Each person named in the indictment is charged with one count each of conspiracy to traffic 400 or more grams of methamphetamine. If convicted of the felony, each person faces 25 to 30 years behind bars and could also pay a $200,000 fine. Several members of the alleged conspiracy also face charges ranging from drug charges such as distribution of methamphetamine and exposing a child to methamphetamine to other offenses, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.

The names of the people named in the indictment are: Alex “Fatman” Lnu, David “Migo” Martinez, Darrell “DJ” Foster McCoy Jr., Matthew David McCoy, Wesley Scott Wright, Lauren Ashley Kuykendall, Benny “Lil’ B” Alexander, Douglas “Dougie” Rhodes, Michael “Mike Mike” Duane Payne, Tony Eugene McCoy, Maria Summer Cromer, Timothy “Superman” Bryan Cartee, Warren Chastain, Regina “Dirty” Gambrel” Charles “Bub” Caldwell Jr., Corey Dalton Crump, Tommy “Tommy Gun” Waters, Johnny Banks, Jessica Velez Boleman and Michael “Paul Wall” Perino Pardi.

The case was investigated by sheriff’s departments in Anderson, Greenville, Pickens counties; the Easley Police Department; and the State Law Enforcement Division. The case will be prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s Office.

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