News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2002

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEALS MAJOR BLOW TO
CRACK ORGANIZATIONS
North Charleston Drug Dealers Taken Off the Street

photo - crack cocaineMayor Keith Summey, North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Chief of Police Jon Zumalt, Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Al Cannon and John Andrejko, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administrations' Atlanta Field Division in conjunction with Strom Thurmond, Jr., United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina and Ralph Hoisington, Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina jointly announced the indictment and arrest of 19 persons involved in multiple large scale crack cocaine distribution organizations in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In addition to the 19 subjects who were indicted on federal drug charges, an additional 11 persons involved with these organizations were charged with violations of the drug laws of South Carolina. The indictments and arrests are the result of an 8 month cooperative effort involving the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Charleston Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Marshal's Service. Also affected during this 8 month period was the arrest of over 300 retail level drug traffickers from the streets of North Charleston through a concentrated and coordinated effort by the North Charleston Police Department S.P.E.E.D. (Selective Police Enforcement to Enhance and Deter) and P.A.C. (Police And Community) Teams to address the problem of open air drug markets.

North Charleston Mayor Summey stated "We are very pleased that the Drug Enforcement Administration recognized our need for assistance to rid our streets of drug traffickers. Today's events are the culmination of many months of our combined efforts. With DEA's further assistance in addressing the demand for drugs we will now return to these communities to begin the process of rebuilding them."

John Andrejko, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division, stated "Working together with our state and local counterparts is a great way of ridding our neighborhoods of drugs and arresting those who sell them."

The investigation started in January of 2002 in response to a request for assistance from the Office of the Mayor of North Charleston. The DEA Atlanta Field Division provided a Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) comprised of Special Agents that worked closely with the North Charleston Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the DEA's Charleston Resident Office to identity the primary distributors of cocaine in North Charleston. The investigation revealed that the subjects indicted in this investigation were the top echelon of distribution organizations operating in 6 communities in North Charleston. These distribution organizations were collectively responsible for significant quantities of crack cocaine that was distributed in the city of North Charleston.

The following individuals were indicted in the District of South Carolina for violation of federal drug trafficking laws or charged in the State of South Carolina for violation of State drug laws. The names have been further subdivided to indicate from which communities these subjects operated their illegal drug distribution businesses:

Union Heights

Reco Planter DOB: 8/25/1971 Federal
Ollie Spillers DOB: 2/06/1984 State

Chicora/Cherokee

Joseph Ravenel DOB: 12/23/1982 Federal
Carlose Failey DOB: 8/27/1972 Federal
Kye Dobson DOB: 7/30/1975 Federal
Tommy Henderson DOB: 9/04/1968 Federal
Wendell Nesbitt DOB: 2/11/1974 Federal
Kevin Edward Jones DOB: 11/19/1976 Federal
Carlos Baptiste DOB: 11/16/1975 Federal
Richard Butler DOB: 5/12/1972 Federal
Sanchez Horlbeck DOB: 8/13/1981 Federal
Terral Freeman DOB: 11/23/1982 Federal
Maurice Frazier DOB: 2/07/1974 State
Robbie Anderson DOB: 3/08/1976 State
Reginald Coardes DOB: 8/06/1979 State
Antwan Scott DOB: 4/23/1978 State
Joshua Banks DOB: 8/21/1963 State
William Wright DOB: 1/09/1977 State
Duntray Jones DOB: 9/02/1980 State

Dorchester/Waylyn

Walter Lingard DOB: 2/27/1981 Federal
Anthony Snipe DOB: 6/19/1970 Federal
Katrina Snipe DOB: 3/01/1970 Federal
Daren Freeman DOB: 10/30/1969 Federal
Gerald Holmes DOB: 1/10/1971 Federal
Jeremy Lowe DOB: 5/26/1985 State

Accabee

Harold Frazier DOB: 1/06/1947 Federal
Michael Frazier DOB: 10/17/1953 Federal

Charleston Farms

Lloyd Mendez DOB: 5/22/1957 Federal

Ferndale/Russeldale/Oakgrove

Garris Smith DOB: 11/05/1979 State
Julius Doctor DOB: 9/25/1963 State

An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. If convicted on all charges the defendants will face long federal prison terms.

For additional information please contact the following:

Mayor Keith Summey, North Charleston Mayor's Office: (843) 740-2504
Chief Jon Zumalt, North Charleston Police: (843) 740-2835
First Assistant United States Attorney: Scott Schools: (803) 600-6229
DEA RAC Steven Mitchell, Charleston, SC Resident Office: (843) 308-6660
DEA Atlanta FD Public Information Officer Eldred Earls: (404) 893-7122
DEA's website at www.dea.gov.

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