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Attorney general: 34 indicted in connection with meth trafficking in SC prisons

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South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said 34 people, including some inmates in SC prisons, have been indicted after a State Grand Jury investigation into a statewide methamphetamine trafficking operating in the prison system.

The indictments allege “multiple but connected conspiracies each related to trafficking 400 grams or more of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, firearms related charges, and other crimes,” Wilson stated in an e-mail.

The grand jury found evidence that inmates were using contraband cell phones and smart phones to direct drug deliveries, sales, payments, and other trafficking-related activities with co-conspirators operating from outside the prison system.

Below is a list of suspects who have been charged and taken into custody.

  • Robert Anthony Gracely a/k/a “Tony G,” 44, an inmate at Broad River Correctional Institution
  • Nicanor Perez Rodriguez a/k/a “Nico,” 37, an inmate at Lee Correctional Institution
  • Enrique Ascencio, 27, Greenville, SC
  • Lori Renae Banning, 40, Forest City, N.C.
  • Diego Javier Beltran, 35, Greenville, S.C.
  • Tiffani Ann Brown, 38, Athens, GA
  • Stephen Dell Burns, 46, Lyman, S.C.
  • Leslie Danielle Center, 31, Greer, S.C.
  • Amanda Marie Collins, 30, Greer, S.C.
  • Saladeem Ali Crumpler, 36, Effingham, S.C.
  • John Shannon Dickerson a/k/a “Shady”, 35, Greer, S.C.
  • Yosif Enibtawi a/k/a “Joseph”, 46, Greer, S.C.
  • Juan Carlos Rios Espinoza, 23, Doraville, GA
  • Beauford Brotus Hartin a/k/a “Tadpole”, 54, Marietta, S.C.
  • Jessica Jackson a/k/a “Jessica Csikari,” 31, Greer, SC
  • Richard Ryan Jones a/k/a “White”, 40, Gaffney, S.C.
  • Ronald Elmer Miller a/k/a “Gabby”, 54, Taylors, S.C.
  • Dwane Andrew Mitchell, 34, Easley, S.C.
  • Dennis Murguia-Holguin, 20, Tucker, GA
  • Kayla Shai Nichols, 24, Surfside Beach, S.C.
  • Salvador Ramirez, 32, Greenville, SC
  • Randy Stewart Sheppard, Jr. a/k/a “Bofa”, 31, Greenville, S.C.
  • Bryan Michael Stegall, 34, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
  • Michael Bobby Stegall, 50, Easley, S.C.
  • Fred Allen Stewart, 42, Moore, S.C.
  • Richard Edgar Thompson, 29, Easley, SC
  • Todd Scott Thorne, 43, Greer, S.C.
  • Gabrielle Annette Whitmire a/k/a “Gabby”, 35, Easley, S.C.
  • Wendolyn Faye Whitt, 52, Easley, S.C.

Below is a list of suspects who have been charged but not yet been captured.

  • Gerri Moranda Blackwell, 34, Gaffney, S.C.
  • Robert Scott Musser, a/k/a “Joker”, 40, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Sam Salvatore Passanisi, Jr., 53, Galt, CA
  • Michael John Powell a/k/a “Red”, 38, Duncan, S.C.
  • Traci Duncan Smiley, 46, Monroe, GA

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