Fifteen people have been arrested and four others sought after a year-long heroin investigation throughout Sumter County.
The joint investigation between Sumter Police Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office began in April 2013. Also involved were the Orangeburg Police Department, state Probation, Parole and Pardon Services and Immigration Services and federal Homeland Security.
Among the items seized during the investigation were 11 grams of crack cocaine, 27 grams of cocaine, seven grams of heroin, 15 grams of marijuana and nearly $10,000 in cash.
Stanley Jerome Pinckney, 24, was arrested on Thursday and is charged with multiple drug offenses. His bond was set at $50,000.
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The following six were arrested earlier this week and taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
Lyndon Obrian Allen, 31, of 16 Lynam Road, Sumter. He is charged with two counts distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule 3 controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute heroin, manufacturing of crack cocaine, violation of S.C. gun law and felon in possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Bernard Leon Witherspoon, 21, of 5755 Cane Savannah Road, Wedgefield. He is charged with distribution of heroin, trafficking heroin, two counts of conspiracy to distribute heroin. Reports indicate $6,020 and rounds of ammunition also were found during his arrest.
Jennifer Teresa McCauley, 29, of 2691 Truefield Road, Sumter. She is charged with distribution of heroin and violation of S.C. gun law.
Latonya Benjamin, 30, of 4810 Chanson Lane, Sumter. She is charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Frederick Benjamin, 34, of 4810 Chanson Lane, Sumter, two counts conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of cocaine.
Bennie Haynesworth, 33, of 130 Curtiswood St., possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana-2nd offense
These five suspects were arrested in the fall:
Quinton Hardy, 31, of 305 High St., Sumter, two counts distribution of heroin
Keishawn Brown, 34, of 994 Huddersfield Drive, Sumter, two counts trafficking heroin and four counts distribution of heroin
Maurice Lowery, 40, of 35 Highland Ave., Sumter, two counts distribution of heroin, possession of heroin and trafficking heroin
Julia Garrison, 28, of 1090 N. Guignard Drive, Apt. 2, Sumter, conspiracy to distribute heroin
Joseph Vipperman, 29, of 2290 Waterwheel Drive, Sumter, possession of heroin
Three others face charges related to bench warrants and other offenses unrelated to the drug investigation.
Authorities continue to look for five suspects:
Jeffery Dewayne Sanders, 28, is described as a 6 foot 1 inch black male, weighing 220 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Sherman Desmond Coleman, 32, is described as a 6 foot black male, weighing 135 pounds with brown eyes and black hair
Travies Auntwan Isaac Gray, 23, is described as a 5 feet 10 inch black male, weighing 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Tony Bell, 30, is described as a 5 foot 9 inch black male, weighing 165 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-CRIMESC. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.