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2 more Walterboro gang suspects taken into custody

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WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) — Days after local, state and federal authorities made a massive sweep through Colleton County to arrest suspected gang members, law enforcement agencies say they have only three suspects not in custody.

Terrance Deshawnn White, 26, turned himself in July 2 to State Law Enforcement Division agents in Columbia. Quinton John Fishburne, 29, was arrested Sunday by a Colleton County deputy.

Police are still searching for Laron Bennett, 23, Derrick Eleazor, 27, and Courtney Singleton, 19. Those men are wanted in connection to a shooting on Nov. 9, 2009. The drive-by shooting in November killed three people, including a 20-month-old toddler, and wounded six others.

Law enforcement agents were busy June 30 serving 20 indictments on 65 charges related to criminal gang activity. More than 130 agents hit the streets in Walterboro before 8:30 a.m. Fifteen of the 20 suspects were in custody by the end of the day.

Two of the indicted, including Daniel Akeem Chapman, 20, who was the only person arrested in the shooting of the toddler last November, were already in jail.

"Getting these individuals off the street makes it a lot safer," said Reggie Lloyd, Director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

After a five month investigation, the state grand jury indicted 20 members of two different gangs, the Dooley Hill Gang and the Sandhill Gang.

"When law enforcement concludes they don't have the power to get the facts they need evidence for what they need for a case they request the state grand jury," said Attorney General Henry McMaster, who was in Walterboro to announce the indictments.

There are 65 charges in all ranging from murder, criminal conspiracy, assault and battery with intent to kill, perjury and arson, among others.

Wednesday's sweep covered about a 4-mile radius where more than 130 agents split up warrants to shut down this problem and take the suspects in.

"The main message we want to tell people is that it's time for this gang activity to stop," McMaster said.

McMaster said this is the largest indictment in South Carolina since criminal gang legislation was put in place back in 2007. The suspects will go before a bond court judge Thursday in Columbia and will be tried in Beaufort County.

"Everyone has been working so hard to get these criminals off the streets, and SLED's presence in the area has been a formidable addition to those efforts," said Walterboro Police Chief Otis Rhodes. "Collaborating with them, the Colleton County sheriff's office, citizens who have come forward with information, and other new measures we have put in place over the last five months, have all helped us get to this critical point today."

Officers were heavily armed when they arrived at the State Law Enforcement Division regional office in Walterboro. The parking lot was crowded with police vehicles.

Walterboro has seen a number of violent incidents recently, including a drive-by shooting in November that killed three people, including a 20-month-old toddler, and wounded six others.

"These arrests demonstrate the significant strides being taken to reduce the number of crimes in our community and to ensure that our citizens and visitors are safe," said Walterboro Mayor Bill Young. "We can see more light at the end of the tunnel now, and that's a great relief to everyone in the area."

The suspects indicted, along with their charges, are listed below:

Kaylon Ramar Aiken, 23, of 1004 Carn Street, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Discharging a firearm into an Occupied Conveyance
3. Possession of a Pistol by a Person Convicted of a Crime of Violence

Laron Bennett, 23, of 1619 Crestview Avenue, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime

Danziel Akeem Chapman, a.k.a "Weezy," 20, of 618 Evergreen Lane, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime

Elijiah Deal, 28, of 33 Bowman Lane, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Accessory after the Fact - Murder
3. Accessory after the Fact - ABWIK
4. Arson - 3rd Degree

Shaquille O'Neal Drayton, a.k.a. "Shack," 16, of 108 Knights Avenue, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime
5. Arson - 3rd Degree
6. Possess or Dispose of stolen vehicle - value $5,000 or more

Derrick Eleazor, 27, of 62 Jared Road, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, two counts
3. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime
4. Assault with Intent to Kill, Common Law, three counts

Quinton John Fishburne, a.k.a. "Q," 29, of 8279 Ritter Road, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Accessory after the Fact - Murder
3. Accessory after the Fact - ABWIK

Vera Ford, 45, of 108 Knights Avenue, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Perjury - False Testimony Under Oath
3. Obstruction of Justice, Common Law
4. Accessory after the Fact - Murder
5. Accessory after the Fact - ABWIK

Latrell Bernard Fryar, a.k.a. "Trell," 20, of 189 Beach Road, Apt. G-7, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime
5. Arson - 3rd Degree
6. Possess or Dispose of stolen vehicle - value $5,000 or more

Amani Sherell Hills, n/a, Unknown Address
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Perjury - False Testimony Under Oath

Deshuan Quatrell Holmes, a.k.a. "Dizzle," 21, of 500 Gadsden Loop, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime,

Gregory Lamar Middleton, 22, of 934 Macon Lane, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime

Quoteas Sylvester Nesbitt, 25, of 118 Francis Street, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Assault with Intent to Kill, Common Law

Preston Tremaine Roberts, 20, of 339 Cooks Hill Road, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Accessory after the Fact - Murder
3. Accessory after the Fact - ABWIK
4. Arson - 3rd Degree
5. Possess or Dispose of stolen vehicle - value $5,000 or more

Hascale Jevor Simmons, a.k.a. "Perlo," 27, of 819 Bowman Lane, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Accessory before the Fact to a Felony - Murder
3. Accessory before the Fact to a Felony - ABWIK

Phyllis Elaine Simmons, n/a, Unknown Address
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Perjury - False Testimony Under Oath

Courtney Denard Singleton, a.k.a. "C-Lo," 19, of 1054 Bowman Lane, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law

Phillip Dustin Singleton, 23, of 1014 Bowman Lane, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law
2. Murder, three counts
3. Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill four counts
4. Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime

Terrance White, 26, of 307 Sanders Street, Walterboro
1. Criminal Conspiracy, Common Law

Agencies participating in this case include: 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office, SLED, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

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