Authorities stormed a suspect’s home in a predawn raid and arrested nine people in a recent drug sweep in and near Cheraw.
Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies and Cheraw police teamed up for the July 16 crackdown, and reports released last week reveal some arrests resulted from controlled drug buys conducted more than two years ago.
The sheriff’s SWAT team executed a search warrant at 24-year-old Stanley Bernard Sharper Jr.’s 229 Godfrey St. home at 6:30 a.m. July 16, deploying a flash-bang grenade as tactical officers entered the home.
Deputies took Sharper into custody without incident before conducting a search, which Cpl. Brian Campbell wrote resulted in the seizure of 2 ounces of marijuana, four sets of digital scales, a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun and $369 in cash.
Campbell wrote in an incident report that Sharper claimed ownership of the seized items during an interview at the Cheraw Police Department.
Sharper was charged with possession of marijuana, drug equipment violations and weapon law violations.
Also arrested at the Godfrey Street home on a drug possession charge was 63-year-old Lonnie Wayne Weaver of 212 Marion St., according to sheriff’s office reports.
Other defendants rounded up on July 16 face charges stemming from sting operations begun in 2013 and 2014.
Deputies charged 31-year-old Thomas Devon Evans of 1570 Snow Hill Road, Chesterfield, with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine after reports say he sold the drug in December 2013.
“Mr. Evans was served with warrants…as part of an ongoing drug investigation on several different defendants,” Deputy Richard Carnes wrote in a report.
Eric Bridges, 35, of 117 Brahma Lane, was arrested July 16 on warrants alleging he sold prescription pills to a sheriff’s office informant in January 2014. He faces a charge of distribution of other narcotics.
A 72-year-old couple, Wardell Freeman Jackson Jr. and Annie Mae Jackson, of 3104 Hunts Mill Road, Chesterfield, are accused of selling prescription pills to an informant in May 2014. They face one count each of distribution of other narcotics.
Debbie Lynn Bridges, 56, of 3439 Brocks Mill, Cheraw, was arrested on the same charge. Deputies say she sold drugs in January 2014.
Two suspects sought during the July 16 sweep, 33-year-old Christie L. Crowley Williams and 25-year-old Jamal Cyri McKenzie, were arrested five days later.
Williams, of 2698 Hunts Mill Road, Chesterfield, is accused of selling Schedule II prescription pills to a sheriff’s office informant on March 31 of this year. Two pills with a street value of $25 were held as evidence, according to a report. She faces a charge of distribution of other narcotics.
McKenzie, of 169 Longhorn Lane, Cheraw, allegedly sold marijuana to an informant in October and December 2013. An evidence log states 5 grams of the drug valued at $20 was seized. He is charged with distribution of marijuana.
Multiple media outlets reported that the drug bust dubbed Operation Kick Start is the result of the Cheraw-Chesterfield County drug task force’s work to target street-level offenders.
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