COLUMBIA, SC — Federal authorities arrested eight suspects for drug trafficking and selling cocaine to street dealers - some gang members.
Those arrested are believed to be the primary cocaine suppliers for many local street gangs, according to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Columbia office. The announcement also comes from Bill Nettles, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
“The charges demonstrate our focus and determination to strike at gang-related enterprises and to eliminate the terror these groups inflict on our neighborhoods,” Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas said in a press release.
The FBI’s Columbia Violent Gang Task Force served seven federal search warrants, two in Northeast Columbia, one in the Starlight Neighborhood, on S. Beltline Boulevard, one near Two Notch Road and Fontaine Road, one in Eutawville and one in Orangeburg, the release said. The searches resulted in the seizures of multiple kilograms of cocaine, several firearms, and a large sum of money.
The eight suspects are:
• Lamario Vincent Wright aka “Mickelton Gadson” and “K.B.”
• Randy Lee Johnson, Jr., aka “Bo Skete”
• Kelvin Alexander Johnson aka “Smiley”
• Devin Orlando Dennis aka “Dutch”
• Robert Jo Jamison aka “Jo Jo,” “City Boy” and “City”
• Charlie Willey Clark, Jr. aka “Slim”
• Stephen Michael Graham aka “Money Mike”
• Lavon Myers aka “Road Master”
The months-long operation was designed to disrupt the drug supply network of multiple violent gangs operating in Columbia and to remove a major drug trafficking organization from the community, the release said.
According to the affidavit, the individuals arrested today were working together to purchase multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and then sell that cocaine in both powder and crack cocaine form to street dealers, some of whom are local gang members, the release said.