By DEUCE NIVEN
A Loris man is among seven people facing drug trafficking charges following “an extensive drug investigation” in the Little River area.
Cocaine, heroin, handguns and nearly $28,000 in cash were seized as search warrants simultaneously on Malcom Drive and Little River Inn Lane on Tuesday, an Horry County Police Department news release said.
Seven arrests were made, all on the same charges, trafficking cocaine base more than 400 grams and trafficking heroin more than 28 grams.
Billy Dale Bryant, 60, of Loris was held under a $25,000 bond at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center near Conway, jail records show. Some of those charged were held without bond, most suspects from Horry and Brunswick counties, one from Texas, and one whose addresses was listed as “USA.”
Drugs, guns and cash were seized, including:
- 475 grams of Crack Cocaine
- 160 grams of Cocaine
- 70 grams of Heroin
- 109 slips containing Heroin
- Multiple types of pills
- 3 handguns
- $27,910 in U.S. currency
Agencies involved in the investigation and search warrant operation included the Horry County Police Department Narcotics & Vice Unit, HCPD Street Crimes Unit, HCPD SWAT, US Marshals Task Force, HCPD Community Outreach Team, HCPD North Precinct Patrol, Horry County Sheriff’s Office and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
Others charged were Clifford Randall, 39, of Little River; Timothy Gore, 46, of Myrtle Beach; Gwendolyn Hamilton, 45, of Calabash; Nicole Stanley, 37, of Shallotte; Sean L. Randall, 51 of Seymore, Texas; and Jerrod Brown, 27, of the USA.
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