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Nine in custody after South Carolina drug busts

If you drive about an hour and a half west of Myrtle Beach, you will come to Lake City, South Carolina. The town is perhaps best known as the home of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the astronauts who died many years ago in the ill-fated Challenger shuttle explosion.

The town of about 6,000 might appear sleepy and quiet to outsiders, but residents know that Lake City struggles with complex issues like every other American locale. According to news media reports, the town recently saw the arrests of 9 people on a wide variety of serious drug charges.

The town's police department said one of those arrested was a 31-year-old woman who was accompanied by a child when she allegedly made a drug transaction near a school. She faces a charge of distributing a schedule IV controlled substance, as well a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute narcotics, in addition to other accusations.

A 37-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly sold crack cocaine near a school or public park in the town.

Among those arrested were the following:

  • A 41-year-old woman charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute narcotics.
  • A man accused of MPD (manufacturing, distributing or possessing) narcotics near a school.
  • A 42-year-old man charged with two counts of distributing crack cocaine and two counts of distributing crack near a school.
  • A 42-year-old charged with possession of flunitrazepam (also known as Rohypnol) with intent to distribute. The prescription drug is apparently used for insomnia and anesthesia.

The allegations against the suspects are serious. If convicted, some of them could spend years behind bars.

If you or a loved one faces similar accusations, talk to a criminal defense attorney experienced in protecting rights and freedom before you speak with a prosecutor.

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