FBI agents in Columbia are searching for eight fugitives who are wanted in connection with a federal investigation into drug trafficking that has been linked to Mexican cartels.
The suspects cases are new but are related to a 2009 investigation that netted 116 people, the FBI said. That investigation developed through a series of court-authorized, FBI-monitored wiretaps over multiple phones in the Columbia area.
The case uncovered a network of local drug dealers who were obtaining cocaine and crack from Mexican suppliers and distributing the drugs throughout Richland and Lexington counties. The case has received local and national media attention.
The fugitives are:
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Rodriquez Darnell Mealing, a/k/a Dreke, a/k/a Boss G - age 26
Reginald Van Bennett, a/k/a Tonk — age 26
Derrick Russell Boyles, a/k/a Bootsie — age 27
Aaron Eugene Caughman, a/k/a Ace — age 23
Hampton Milton Caughman, a/k/a Dirt — age 33
Raheem Akbar Majeed, a/k/a Mitch — age 26
Ryan Lamar Dixon, a/k/a Big Gee — age 32
Bryan Renardo Dixon, a/k/a Big Sue, a/k/a Tootie — age 28
Anyone with information concerning their locations, should call the Columbia FBI office at 803-551-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372.