Authorities have arrested more than 50 people in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties during the culmination of a months-long effort to curb opioid-related deaths and crime in the region.
The nine-month initiative, dubbed Operation Lethal Dose, involved tri-county law enforcement as well as state and federal agencies, including the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Final statistics were being tallied on Thursday, but authorities were able to say they seized about 20 firearms, $20,000 cash and varying quantities of dangerous narcotics such as the so-called “gray death,” a cocktail of at least three drugs — heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.
“We’ve seen too many members of our community pass away,” said Jason Sandoval, resident agent in charge for the DEA’s Charleston field office. “These are the most pernicious drugs ever distributed in the history of drug abuse in the world, and they are on our streets. We’re drawing a line today as a unified law enforcement front.”
Authorities have been working “in the shadows” to root out drug dealers and others involved in the regional opiate trade, Sandoval said.