In the Fall of 2014 a lengthy narcotics investigation in Kershaw County started with a traffic stop by the Chief of Police in Bethune. On April 1, 2015 the investigation concluded with the arrests of 9 out of 12 suspects in the vicinity of Bethune, SC.
It was widely known in the Town of Bethune and surrounding areas, as well as by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, that there was a group of individuals who had been selling drugs in and around Bethune, virtually unimpeded over many years. Penetrating a drug dealing organization in a small town is very difficult when the dealers know the customers and strangers are not trusted. This all changed when the newly appointed Chief of Police in Bethune made a simple traffic stop.
SLED agents were called in and a sworn SLED agent made numerous hand to hand buys of crack cocaine, marijuana and assorted pharmaceutical controlled drugs under the watchful eye of Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers and SLED agents. These buys, which were funded by SLED, took place over several months, mostly on the outskirts of the Bethune town limits.
On April 1, 2015 an arrest team made up of SLED agents, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Bethune Chief of Police began searching for and arresting those who had sold to the undercover personnel. The below listed individuals were arrested on the corresponding charges:
Jimmy Bracey ( Age 51) – Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine (4 counts), distribution of marijuana (1 count) and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
Joseph Micol (Age 53) – Distribution of crack cocaine (1 count), distribution of Schedule II controlled substance (2 counts), distribution of narcotics in proximity to a park (3 counts), conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance
Kenshon Hough (Age 38) – Distribution of crack cocaine (2 counts), distribution of narcotics in proximity of a park (1 count), conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine
Brandon Williams (Age 24) – Distribution of crack cocaine (1 count), distribution of marijuana (1 count)
Kojuana Williams (Age 26) – Distribution of marijuana (1 count), distribution of a prescription drug (1 count)
Edward Egbert (Age 56) – Distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (1 count), distribution of narcotics within proximity to a park
Amanda Starnes (Age 28) – Distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (1 count), distribution of narcotics within proximity to a park, conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance
During the course of these arrests, officers located the following two individuals who were wanted on outstanding bench warrants:
Branden Service – General Sessions bench warrant for failure to appear on narcotics charges and 2 magistrate bench warrants for failure to appear
Cedric Everett – Family Court bench warrant for failure to appear
Warrants are outstanding for three other unnamed individuals charging them with numerous counts of drug distribution.
All of the above listed individuals were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and awaiting bond hearings.
“Doing something about the out of control drug dealing in Bethune has been a priority of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office for some time. When police agencies work together, as witnessed in this investigation, positive results for our community will occur. We are not too proud to ask for help and SLED always comes to our assistance when asked,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.