From upper-left to lower-right: Tony Wakefield, James Snowden, Shannon Davis, Billie Glenn, Mikeshia Maddox and Renee Wakefield. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Six people were arrested after a 16-month-long joint drug investigation between local and federal authorities.
Master Deputy Laura Campbell, of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, said the investigation began after Greenville police arrested Tony Wakefield in October 2011. She said five kilograms of cocaine and 53 pounds of marijuana were seized during his arrest.
The arrest prompted police, deputies and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency to launch an investigation into the source of Wakefield's drugs, Campbell said.
Campbell said the investigation found the drugs were being trafficked from Tijuana, Mexico, through southern California and then to Greenville. James Snowden was identified as the head of the drug ring, according to Campbell. She said Snowden used couriers to transport the drugs from San Diego, CA, using commercial airlines.
In February 2012, DEA agents seized $142,000 in cash after 39-year-old Shannon Davis and 30-year-old Mikesha Maddox were caught carrying the money through a security checkpoint at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Campbell said.
In November 2012, Snowden was arrested in Greenville after being indicted on federal drug charges, Campbell said.
Campbell said 50-year-old Billie Glenn and 24-year-old Renee Wakefield were also identified as couriers during the investigation.
Davis, Maddox, Glenn and Renee Wakefield were each charged with trafficking cocaine and transporting monetary instruments derived from unlawful drug activity. Davis and Glenn were each released from jail on bond. Maddox and Renee Wakefield were being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on $70,000 bond.
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