Midlands area law enforcement moved against nearly two dozen residents accused of selling illegal drugs after a nearly 3 month investigation, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Friday.
The undercover investigation was launched in August in response to citizen complaints about the prevalence of drug dealing in the Dorrah Randall neighborhood and North Main Street areas.
In all, 57 drug charges were brought against the 22 adults and 1 juvenile. In addition, warrants were issued against three suspects who have eluded arrest.
The following suspects have been arrested on charges ranging from possession of crack cocaine and marijuana to distribution of crack cocaine, marijuana and/or controlled prescription drugs:
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Tyrone McLaughlin, 25; John Wilson,63; Nathaniel Dinkins, Jr., 51; Tammy Dinkins, 39; Beverly Benjamin, 40; Antonyo Woodbury, 34; Leroy Bailey, 59; Robin Ogorzalek, 43; Carl Archie, 37; Rahim Almulk, 54; Brian Richardson, 40; Tajammul Abdul-Khaliq, 57; Shawn Carn, 27; Tiffany Miller, 33; Sheba Jennings, 32; Quinton Atkins, 36; Trayon Newhouse, 22; Veverly Mashack, 40; Rashawn Lane, 20; Joseph Wilson, 44; Deborah Lewis, 28; Anthony Gilmore, 18; and a 16-year-old male not named.
Besides four drug charges, Trayon Newhouse, 22, faces charges of attempted murder and assault and battery in Richland County.
The following are wanted on charges of distribution of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine close to a school:
Frederick E. Griffin Jr., 22; Van E. Jacobs, 27; and, Comer Williams, 32.