NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Twelve suspects who were arrested Wednesday during a crime sweep in North Charleston, faced a bond court judge Thursday night.
The arrests and investigation stem from a joint partnership between community members, churches, law enforcement and prosecution to clean up the Charleston Farms neighborhood.
Charleston Farms community members were also in attendance. Residents showed up to encourage the judge to pass the highest possible bond on the suspects.
"Over the years it's gotten progressively worse," said Vice President of the Charleston Farms Community, Dave Crane. "Drug deals just happen out in the open. Daytime, nighttime doesn't seem to make a difference. It's getting better - it's still not where we want it to be."
A total of 31 people were identified as suspects during the six-month operation. Of the 31 identified, 24 arrest warrants were issued. Fifteen of the 24 arrest warrants were executed Wednesday. There are still nine outstanding warrants.
The remaining three suspects, 28-year-old Pierre Grant, 25-year-old Lavon Frost and 25-year-old Raynard Williams are facing federal charges of distribution of cocaine base. They are expected to appear in Federal bond court Friday morning.
The following suspects received a combined bond amount of close to $3 million. They are charged with distribution of cocaine base on the state level.
- Leandra Bright , 24
- Dorell Butler, 28
- Tracy Toomer, 28
- Darius Carter, 22
- Jamal Smalls, 22
- James M. Brown, 22
- Terrence Johnson, 38
- Jonathan Grant, 28
- Marvin Grant, 20
- Brenda Ancrum, 24
- Dwayne Brunson, 25
- Sabia Brunson, 27