8 charged in Clover-area drug bust

03/11/2014 10:44 PM

03/11/2014 10:50 PM

Eight people were arrested Tuesday and charged on 34 counts, including drug trafficking, selling firearms and attempted murder, after a nearly year-long investigation, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

In a raid police called “Operation Poison Oak,” officials seized seven guns, $5,000 worth of crack cocaine, 455 pills and 5 grams of marijuana and more than $3,600 in cash.

The group of “high level drug dealers” had been under investigation in the area for several months, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

“These gentlemen were in an enterprise, so to speak. They were working with one another,” said Lt. Mike Ligon with York County’s Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, which worked with officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, State Law Enforcement Division and Rock Hill and Clover police to raid six homes in Clover’s Oakridge community.

During the investigation, undercover officers were able to purchase “large amounts of crack cocaine, marijuana and firearms.” Many of the suspects were armed during drug deals.

“During every drug transaction that went on there, the people either had guns on them, or guns were in the residence laying out in plain view,” Ligon said.

Those arrested were: Michael Bigger, Jordan Carothers, Travis Lowery, Robert Lowery, Della Sanders, Jean Lowery, Jarrod Sanders and Charles Bigger.

An additional 32 warrants were issued for other suspects associated with this case.

- The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV, contributed

These eight people were arrested at the following locations:

1012 John Lee Road

Michael Bigger, 44, of Clover - Bench warrant

Jordan Carothers, 28, of Clover - Multiple charges of distribution of crack and distribution in proximity of a school

247 Regal Road

Travis Lowery, 21, of Clover - Multiple charges of trafficking crack, possession of Xanax, possession with intent to distribute crack and Xanax near a school and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Robert Lowery, 50, of Clover - Possession of crack, marijuana and stolen goods

Della Sanders, 41, of Clover - Possession of crack, marijuana and stolen goods

255 Regal Road

Jean Lowery, 49, of Charlotte - Possession of marijuana and oxycodone

Jarrod Sanders, 28, of Clover - Multiple charges of trafficking and distributing crack and marijuana, multiple charges of distribution in proximity to a school, possession of a pistol by a person prohibited from possessing one, possession of a weapon during a violent crime,

260 Stardust Lane

Charles Bigger, 51, of Clover - Possession of crack and a stolen pistol

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