Fifteen people were arrested Wednesday following a multi-agency, multi-state investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Eight of the 15 charged live in Beaufort County.
According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release, the 10 of the 15 suspects were charged with federal crimes after 11 search warrants were served simultaneously in Beaufort and Jasper counties; Suwanee, Pooler and Savannah, Ga.; and Tampa, Fla.
During the course of the investigation that was years in the making, law enforcement seized $45,000, 37 firearms, over 45 kilograms of cocaine, over 1 kilogram of crack cocaine, 100 grams of heroin, 129 grams of MDMA and, one pound of marijuana and five vehicles used to traffic the drugs.
The maximum penalty each defendant charged federally could receive is life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.
“The indictment and arrests of these defendants is the result of a lengthy investigation aimed at removing those responsible for pushing large quantities of drugs into our communities, often while armed with deadly weapons,” U.S. Attorney Beth Drake