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Drug trafficking probe nets all guilty pleas


     Tabor-Loris Community residents and some from Longs are among more than 30 drug traffickers indicted on a federal wiretap investigation into narcotics and violence who have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in federal court.

     That announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina came less than 20 months after the indictments, which were announced with fanfare at a Myrtle Beach news conference involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

     Evidence presented in court filings reflects that the Cedar Branch drug trafficking organization was an interstate conspiracy that was involved in the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and firearms, the news release said.

     Based in the Cedar Branch area of Horry County, the organization had ties across the state line into North Carolina. Its members were supplied with controlled substances from multiple interstate sources of supply, including one with direct ties to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) from Jalisco, Mexico.

     This organization was identified by local law enforcement as a priority target in connection with violent crime and overdoses in the area. Defendants in these cases were all participants in this drug conspiracy, the news release said.

     Three Tabor City men who have been sentenced to serve from a year to more than eight years in federal prison.

     Eighteen defendants from Loris received sentences of up to 10 years in prison, including two who were given less than a year in federal custody.

     Sentences for two Longs men were for 18 and 87 months.

     Those taking pleas, their ages and sentences include:

  • Loris – Teontric Jackson, 30, 120 months; Byron Jackson, 29, 120 months; Angelo Jackson, 25, 108 months; Winferd Sherman, 24, 72 months; Antra Gore, 38, 72 months; Shaquan Hemingway, 23, 70 months; Carl Green, 45, 63 months; Phillip Johnson, 29, 57 months; Tyshon Clifton, 21, 46 months; Tremayne Green, 25, 46 months; Mark Jackson, 26, 37 months; Devante Squires, 27, 36 months; Teraine Green, 30, 26 months; Monrail Miller, 35, 21 months; James Myers, 33, 20 months; Tyruss Hemingway, 21, 15 months
  • Tabor City – Timothy Long, 40, 100 months; Alfredo Gore, 43, 24 months; James Riggins, 44, 12 months
  • Longs – Leon Green, 33, 87 months; Anthony Nealey, 48, 18 months

     Several individuals, including Loris area residents Billie Lee Green, 60, of Loris, and Kenneth Nobles, 31, received sentences of less than a year.

     For more on this story see this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.