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7 arrested, 3 still wanted in connection to federal drug trafficking investigation in Myrtle Beach

Top L-R: Cameron Kazimierczak, Marlin McKnight, Leroy Cunningham
Bottom L-R: Alex Glover,...
Top L-R: Cameron Kazimierczak, Marlin McKnight, Leroy Cunningham Bottom L-R: Alex Glover, Derrick Cunningham, Tyrone Brown(Source: JRLDC)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 10:25 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Several people have been charged in connection to an interstate drug trafficking ring that operated out of Myrtle Beach and Kingstree.

Acting United States Attorney Rhett Dehart announced that a joint team of federal, state and local law enforcement officers, including those from the Myrtle Beach Police Department and the Horry County Police Department, made the arrests.

“Today is another example of what can be accomplished using the outstanding partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement,” said Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock. “The dedication displayed by these officers and agents, along with the support we receive from our community members, shows the continued commitment we all have in addressing the behaviors of those who wish to cause harm in our community.”

The investigation targeted members of a drug trafficking organization based on the sale of large quantities of dangerous drugs such as heroin, meth and cocaine, according to Dehart.

Some resident who live close to where parts of this investigation took place say they’re longing for the day when drug crimes near their community come to an end.

Lauriciano Ferreira has lived in the north end of the City of Myrtle Beach for more than ten years. He says he’s having to call police for crimes in the neighborhood less now compared to the last two years.

But he’s saying drug activities there are a major concern.

“Like we heard some shot guns like a few streets down from here,” Ferreira said. “Somebody told me after, it was relationship with drugs. So that’s why I feel bad when I hear something like that.”

The US Attorney’s office says they hope these recent arrests discourage anyone from committing crimes.

“We have tools to watch and to listen,” said assistant U.S. Attorney Everett McMillian. “We are very aware of who the drug dealers and violent criminals are in this area. For those of you engaging in this activity, you should know your time is coming. Just because they’re not a defendant in this particular investigation does not mean they’re not on the radar and that they won’t be caught soon.”

McMillian added, the 15th Circuit Solicitors Office detailed one of their top drug prosecutors to help the agencies coordinate charges between the state and the federal authorities, which he says put them in position to make the drug trafficking arrests.

The following people were arrested in the case:

  • LEROY JUNIOR CUNNINGHAM, a/k/a “Black,” a/k/a “Chris,” 45, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, Schedule II controlled substances. This charge carries a potential penalty of 10 years to Life imprisonment.
  • TYRONE BROWN, a/k/a “Chief,” 46, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, Schedule II controlled substances. This charge carries a potential penalty of 10 years to Life imprisonment.
  • ALEX LETROY GLOVER, 41, of Conway, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. This charge carries a potential penalty of 5 to 40 years imprisonment.
  • TONYA GRANT MITCHELL, 45, of Andrews, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. This charge carries a potential penalty of 5 to 40 years imprisonment.
  • DERRICK LEE CUNNINGHAM, a/k/a “Ruby Tuby,” 43, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a quantity of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a quantity of cocaine, Schedule II controlled substances. This charge carries a potential penalty of 5 to 40 years imprisonment.
  • CAMERON JOHN KAZIMIERCZAK, a/k/a “Cam,” 30, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a quantity of methamphetamine and a quantity of cocaine, Schedule II controlled substances. This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.
  • MARLIN CARLOS MCKNIGHT, a/k/a “Martin Carlos McKnight,” 46, of Goose Creek, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a quantity of cocaine base (commonly referred to as “crack cocaine”), and a quantity of cocaine, Schedule II controlled substances. This charge carries a potential penalty of 5 to 40 years imprisonment.

The acting U.S. attorney said three suspects are still at large including 32-year-old Jamel Small of Myrtle Beach. The names of the two other defendants have not been released at this time.

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