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Two drug dealers sentenced to prison in Kershaw County

Anthony C. Davis and Sylvester Johnson (Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WACH) - Two drug dealers have been sentenced to prison terms, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Jim Matthews, 37-year-old Anthony C. Davis and Sylvester R. Johnson were sentenced to 9 years and 14 years respectively for trafficking cocaine and/or crack cocaine.

“Drug abuse is the common thread in almost all of the crimes we deal with. These men sold drugs in our community. They were caught and now will face prison,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Drug dealing is not a victimless crime as some would argue. Anyone with a family member who is addicted to drugs of any kind will tell you that they and their loved one are definitely victims.”

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators initiated a traffic stop on Saturday, June 24 on a vehicle Johnson was driving as it left a house where drug sales were taking place, according to a release.

Deputies recovered just under an ounce of cocaine that Johnson had thrown to the ground following the stop. Johnson was then arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, his third offense.

Narcotics investigators then executed a search warrant on Saturday, July 15 on Davis’ apartment in Camden after a month long investigation. During the search, deputies found 53 grams of crack cocaine and 16 grams of cocaine.

Davis was arrested and charged with trafficking in crack cocaine and cocaine was well as possession with intent to distribute both drugs within proximity of a school.

On August 8, 2017 Anthony Davis was found guilty on all charges following a jury trial and sentenced to 9 years’ incarceration by Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman. Davis had previously been arrested in the State of New Jersey for numerous felony drug offenses.

On August 9, 2017 Sylvester Johnson pled guilty to trafficking cocaine (2nd offense) for which he received a negotiated sentence of 14 years. Johnson has previously been arrested for possession of beer by person under 21, assault and battery with intent to kill, distribution of crack cocaine, simple assault, failure to appear (numerous counts), narcotics violations (numerous counts), public disorderly conduct and driving under suspension.

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