NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – City officials announced more than a dozen suspected criminals rounded up in a North Charleston operation are expected in court Friday evening.
The arrests made two weeks ago are part of "Operation Stand," a program in North Charleston focused on wiping out crime in local neighborhoods. Eleven suspects facing state charges are set to have a bond hearing at 7 p.m., while four other suspects facing federal charges will be in court at 11 p.m.
Members of the North Charleston Police Department, Mayor Keith Summey, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, US Attorney Bill Nettles were among many present on Friday to speak about the progress of "Operation Stand."
"The goal is to take career criminals off the street and help entry level criminals change their lives," Summey said,
"What this program shows, is if we can get community involved, that's how we can get the most results," said.
Five people were also arrested as a result of Operation Stand on Friday. Authorities arrested 23-year-old Alvin Grant, 23-year-old Dearies Broughton, 24-year-old Albert Greene, Jr., 44-year-old Wendell L. Lee and 29-year-old Antonio B. Grant.
Those suspects were charged with distribution of cocaine base.