More than 45 suspects wanted in major drug round up

NEWBERRY (WACH)â??There is a new development in a two year long drug operation.

Officers from the Newberry County Sheriffâ??s Office, Newberry Police, SLED (State Law Enforcement Division), South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole; Prosperity Police Department, Whitmire Police Department, Fairfield County Sheriffâ??s Office, Kershaw County Sheriffâ??s Office and Laurens County Sheriffâ??s Office were all involved in this extensive investigation.

Sheriff Lee Foster says officers obtained more than 100 arrest warrants on 45 suspects. In a concurrent meth investigation, officers obtained warrants on an additional 20 suspects.

Charges included Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Distribution or Heroin, Distribution of Crack Cocaine, Possession With Intent To Distribute Heroin, and Possession With Intent To Distribute Crack Cocaine.

â??We as a society have created an environment where we do not diligently deal with the use and sale of illegal drugs,â?? said Sheriff Foster. â??We label it a victimless crime, I challenge you to try to make a burglary victim feel safe in their own home again, go through a neighborhood where gunshots ring out at night, or try console the parents of drug addicted parents; you tell those people that drugs are a victimless crime.â??

Also, a concurrent operation was taking place where 20 people were arrested and charged with Attempting to Possess a Controlled Substance for attempting to illegally obtain Sudafed to make meth.

Chief Swindler said that this was just one part of the operation and more arrests are expected as the operation continues over the weekend and the investigation as a whole will be ongoing.