UNION COUNTY — Five people are facing drug, gambling, and traffic violation charges as a result of three separate investigations conducted by the Union County Drug Task Force over the course of a single day.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that the investigations began on Tuesday and ended that same day with the arrests of the following suspects:
Jared Kyle Harvey, 26, 2177 Buffalo-West Springs Hwy., Buffalo, distribution of Marijuana and distribution of Marijuana within 1/2 mile of a school or park. Harvey was also arrested on a Family Court Bench Warrant.
Ashley Marie Newton, 31, 308 Robin Hood Circle, Union, distribution of Marijuana and distribution of Marijuana within 1/2 mile of a school or park
J. Roland Sullivan, III, 33, 140 Captain Circle, Greenville, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, driving under suspension second offense, and failure to stop for a blue light.
Marcus Lashawn Lee, 32, 401 Boyd Street, Fountain Inn, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Jerome Antonio Tribble, 33, 103 Comanche Drive, Gray Court, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of ball tickets, and failure to stop for a blue light.
Taylor said the case involving Harvey and Newton began when investigators arranged a meeting for an operative to purchase an amount of marijuana within the municipal boundaries of the City of Union. He said the operative traveled to Lee Spelts Road in Buffalo where he picked up Harvey who was to take him to another location to purchase the marijuana. Taylor said the operative picked up Harvey and they then proceeded in the operative’s vehicle to the City of Union. He said that they were followed by investigators who he said followed the operative’s vehicle throughout the entire operation.
Taylor said the operative notified investigators of the location where he and Harvey would be going to get the marijuana. He said investigators then called in other deputies to meet in the area and proceeded to set up around it and wait on confirmation that Harvey had purchased the marijuana.
Taylor said deputies watched as Harvey got out of the vehicle and walked toward a white in color Chevy truck occupied by two females. He said Harvey went to the passenger side window and handed the female on the passenger side the money and received the marijuana from her and returned to the operative’s vehicle.
It was at this point that deputies moved in to arrest Harvey and the female who had sold him the marijuana. Taylor said deputies stopped the vehicle, arrested Harvey, and seized the marijuana and money, which included recorded government funds. He said deputies spoke with the female subjects in the truck, adding that the female who had sold the marijuana to Harvey was described by the operative as a small frame female wearing a blue cooking apron. Taylor said the female was subsequently identified as Newton who was also taken into custody.
In arresting Newton, Taylor said deputies seized $50 from her including $40 of recorded government funds. Taylor said that Newton told deputies that she’d gotten the $50 from Harvey. He said that both Harvey and Newton were transported to the Union County Jail where they were charged with distribution of Marijuana and distribution of Marijuana within a 1/2 mile of a school or park. He said the latter charge was due to the the transaction taking place within a 1/2 mile of the Union County Stadium which is used for Union County High School functions and public youth events.
Taylor added that Harvey was also arrested on an outstanding Family Court Bench Warrant.
The second investigation also took place on Tuesday when Taylor said narcotics officers received information around 8:15 p.m. that cocaine and crack cocaine was going to be delivered to the parking lot at 2341 Cross Keys Highway in the Union area. Taylor said investigators were told that the suspects would be operating a green Kia Sorento. He said an investigator set up surveillance and watched the vehicle as it drove into the parking lot.
Narcotics investigators and deputies then drove into the parking lot to make a traffic stop on the Sorento, but Taylor said that when they activated their blue lights, the vehicle sped away through the parking lot and drove through a ditch onto S.C. Hwy. 49 and headed west. Taylor said deputies pursued the vehicle and while doing so observed the passenger throw a plastic bag with a white substance out of the window. He said the Kia finally stopped on S.C. 49 just before Fairwood Boulevard.
The driver was subsequently identified as Sullivan and the passenger as Lee. Taylor said the plastic bag was recovered from the side of the roadway and found to contain approximately 7 grams of Crack Cocaine. He said that Sullivan and Lee were then placed under arrest. Taylor said it was subsequently discovered that Sullivan also had a suspended drivers license due to unpaid traffic tickets and that this was his second offense for driving under suspension.
Taylor said that $585 was seized from Lee and that he and Sullivan were both charged with possession with intent to distribute Crack Cocaine. Sullivan was also issued a summons for driving under suspension second offense and failure to stop for a blue light. He said the Kia they were riding in was seized by the narcotics investigators because Lee and Sullivan were transporting more than 10 grains of Crack Cocaine in it.
The third investigation got under way at approximately 9:40 p.m. when Taylor said narcotics officers were notified that Tribble would be delivering a quantity of high grade marijuana to the parking lot at 2341 Cross Keys Highway in the Union area. Taylor said that narcotics offers set up surveillance nearby and saw Tribble pull into the parking lot in a red 2005 Honda Accord.
As deputies entered the parking to make a traffic stop, Taylor said Tribble sped away through the parking lot and through a ditch. Taylor said deputies blocked the highway to attempt to prevent a vehicle pursuit, but Tribble attempted to drive around them and went into a deep ravine. He said that Tribble tried to drive through the ravine, but was unable to do so because of damage to his vehicle and being in the ravine which was 10 feet deep.
Taylor said that Tribble was then removed from the vehicle through the driver’s side window. He said that while deputies were struggling with him, Tribble attempted to reach back near the console area where deputies later recovered a Springfield XD-4 9mm semi-automatic pistol which was loaded with a chambered round.
Deputies also recovered 85 grams of high grade Marijuana hidden in a large potato chip bag. Taylor said that during their search of the vehicle deputies also found two ball tickets. He said that Tribble was placed under arrest and transferred to the Union County Jail where he was issued a summons for possession of ball tickets and for failure to stop for a blue light and an arrest warrant for possession with intent to distribute Marijuana.
Taylor said two of these investigations show that the county continues to see the increased influx of drugs from other counties. He said it also shows that the Sheriff’s Office is actively apprehending the suspects who bring these drugs into Union County.
This story courtesy of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.