Cocaine trafficking investigation nets 16 arrests

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities arrested 16 people from Walterboro, Summerville and Goose Creek in a multi-county cocaine trafficking investigation.

The Walterboro Public Safety Department assisted by the DEA and the Summerville, Dorchester Metro Unit wrapped up a yearlong investigation that led to the arrests. A single drug arrest by the Walterboro Public Safety Department started the investigation that led to the arrests of the 16 who are being federally indicted on conspiracy to trafficking cocaine charges.

"Our officers continue to do outstanding work," said Mayor Bill Young. "The commitment that city council has made to ensure public safety remains strong as we continue to implement the practices and policies that have resulted in such great success over the last several years."

On Tuesday, authorities arrested all 13 Walterboro area defendants in one organized sweep.  Three other defendants have also been arrested by the DEA. All defendants are currently being held and are awaiting bond hearings.

"We are proud of the work that our office and the other agencies did to help get these criminals off the streets. We won't tolerate these actions in Walterboro, and we believe that word is getting out louder and louder with each arrest," said Otis L. Rhodes, Chief of Walterboro Public Safety.

The defendants are:

1. Martin Louis Ballard, 30 years old of Summerville
2. Ivory James Brothers, 31 years old of Walterboro
3. Bryant Davis, 39 years old of Walterboro
4. Jonathan Junior Edwards, 31 years old of Round O
5. Gerwron Lavar Lingard, 34 years old of Walterboro
6. Joey Charles, 27 years old of Walterboro
7. Tiffany Elliott, 31 years old of Walterboro
8. Edward Bryant, 43 years old of Walterboro
9. Rocky Creel, 29 years old of Cottageville
10. Paul Steve Braxton, 37 years old of Walterboro
11. Kyedrick Leon Edwards, 26 years old of Walterboro
12. Charles Henry Youmans, 31 years old of Walterboro
13. Jerry K Rivers, 29 years old of Walterboro
14. Elijah Dewayne Deal. 30 years old of Walterboro
15. Yvette Renee Calvin, 47 years old of Goose Creek
16. Norman Robinson Jr, 26 years old of Summerville

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