Federal agents are still looking for seven men wanted in connection with a massive Midlands drug and weapon sweep that netted about 100 arrests in August.
The FBI said Tuesday that Lloyd T. Bennett Jr., Leroy Goodwin, Toby K. Hamm, David D. Johnson, Anthony D. Peterkin, Jerome A. Thompson and Pasante Trapp are wanted for illegal flight to avoid prosecution on drug and weapons violations.
The FBI is offering $1,000 per person to anyone providing a tip that leads to the arrest of any of the seven.
Prosecutors said the 100 suspects rounded up in August were tied to Mexican drug suppliers connected to cells of drug dealers in the Southeast. And most had gang connections, they said.
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Federal, state and local law enforcement agents made those arrests in simultaneous raids that began before dawn Aug. 11.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Dave Thomas called the operation one of the largest gang investigations ever undertaken by federal and state officials in South Carolina. Richland and Lexington sheriffs departments, police agencies in the two counties and the State Law Enforcement Division assisted.
People with information should call the Columbia Division of the FBI at (803) 551-4200.