10th suspect arrested in drug operation, several go through bond court

10th suspect arrested in drug operation, several go through bond court
The 10th suspect named in an indictment in "Operation Lowcountry Line" has been arrested.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The 10th person indicted in what prosecutors call a takedown of a major drug ring in the Tri-County area has been captured.

Johnny Simmons was arrested Thursday, a day after nine others were captured in Operation Lowcountry Line. Court documents state Simmons faces a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and methamphetamine, cocaine and cocaine base; and a separate count of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon announced on Wednesday afternoon the arrests of nine others and the charges they face:

  • Devant Porcher was attributed 100 grams or more of heroin, five grams or more of methamphetamine, 28 grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with 13 additional counts related to the distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cocaine base.
  • Lamar Johnson was attributed five kilograms or more of cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with using a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Theadore Bernard Gadsden was attributed a quantity of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking.
  • Pierce Nelson was attributed a quantity of cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Jaton Edwards was attributed 500 grams or more cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Jarvis Behrens was attributed 500 grams or more cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Melinda Lynch was attributed five grams or more of methamphetamine in the conspiracy count and charged with possessing with intent to distribute and distributing methamphetamine and heroin.
  • Theodore Gadsden was attributed a quantity of cocaine in the conspiracy count and charged with using a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Wandesha Smalls was attributed five grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of heroin in the conspiracy count and charged with possession with intent to distribute and distributing methamphetamine and heroin.

Court documents state the nine arrested on Wednesday went through bond court Thursday. All entered pleas of not guilty and a judge set bond for only two of them, Theodore Gadsden and Wandesha Smalls, both of whom were given a $50,000 unsecured bond. Smalls was also ordered to not have contact with the co-defendants, the documents state.

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