Crime & Courts

Sumter man held on drug charges after undercover operation

Myers Dashon Prince, 24, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of cocaine distribution and one count each of distribution of a controlled substance and distribution of an imitation substance.

During a three-month undercover operation, investigators with the narcotics division of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reportedly purchased cocaine and other illegal drugs from the suspect on more than one occasion.

In addition to powder cocaine, officers also were reportedly sold prescription pills and an “imitation” non-narcotic substance under the guise of it being a drug.

“If you’re selling some kind of a white-powder substance and calling it cocaine, you can still be charged with distribution of an imitation substance,” said Capt. Allen Dailey, commander of narcotics and criminal investigations at the sheriff’s office.

The amount of cocaine allegedly purchased was not released, but investigators reportedly secured drugs from the accused in “several buys” across Sumter during the course of the investigation, Dailey said.Prince was taken into custody without incident Tuesday and is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on an $8,000 surety bond pending trial.