Nine Arrested, Four Still Sought in Narcotics Bust

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — A several months long investigation lead to a large drug bust in Richland County.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said that on Friday, December 11 several law enforcement agencies made multiple arrests on various charges after receiving an anonymous letter and phone calls from concerned citizens in the Hoyt Street area.

The Sheriff announced the following arrests:

  • Emmanuel Harley, 19, charged with possession of a scheduled two substance
  • Isaiah Caldwell, 19, charged with possession of marijuana
  • Johnny Ray Ingram Jr., 21, charged with possession of marijuana
  • Dominic L. Hunter, 31,  charged with unlawful carry of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol
  • Thomas Mitchell, 55, charged with six counts of distribution of crack cocaine, unlawful conduct towards a child, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of marijuana
  • Leon Richardson, 53, wanted by Probation and Parole and Pardon
  • Earl Kelly, 36, charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana
  • Darrell D. Grate, 32, charged with possession of marijuana
  • Brian L. Hammond, 32, charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of a schedule two substance

According to officials there were several illegal drug distribution locations within the 3700 block of Hoyt Street.

The narcotics operation also resulted in the identity of four other suspects who are wanted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Lamar Lemon Williams, 22, wanted for distribution of marijuana
  • Antwon Renard Harley, 34, wanted for distribution of crack cocaine
  • Anthony Irvin Murray, 27, wanted for receiving stolen goods and theft from a motor vehicle
  • Charles Chambers, 32, wanted for five counts of distribution of crack cocaine

Officials say items seized during the operation included a stolen KelTech 9mm pistol, five rocks of crack cocaine cut for sale, multiple marijuana baggies ready for distribution and nearly $3,000.

Harley, Caldwell, Ingram Jr., Hunter, Mitchell, Richardson, Kelly, Grate, and Hammond have been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, officials say.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams, Harley, Murray, and Chambers are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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