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Deputies: 2 charged in Cherokee Co. after shooting call leads to discovery of thousands of dollars worth of drugs

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Gina Marie Sessoms (left) and Jimmy Carlton Gilfillan Jr (right) (Source: CCSO) Gina Marie Sessoms (left) and Jimmy Carlton Gilfillan Jr (right) (Source: CCSO)
Items seized during search warrant (Source: CCSO) Items seized during search warrant (Source: CCSO)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said two were arrested after a shooting call led to the discovery of thousands of dollars worth of drugs and stolen items.

Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Potter Road in Gaffney in reference to a person with a gunshot wound around 7:25 a.m. on October 23.

Upon arrival, deputies said they observed a subject with a gunshot wound to his left bicep.

Deputies said the subject gave conflicting information to officers on how he was shot, indicated he was shot by unknown person off Junie Road.

Deputies were able to locate the area off Junie Road and it was processed by crime scene investigators.

When an ambulance arrived on scene to transport the subject to the hospital, deputies said they noticed several handguns sticking out from under the front seat of the vehicle he exited. A search warrant was obtained and deputies were able to seize the following contraband after a search was executed at lthe Potter Road residence:

  • Methamphetamine 300 grams (more than half-pound)
  • Suboxone (21 strips)
  • Alprazolam pills 
  • Marijuana (simple possession)
  • Cash seized: $40,250
  • Firearms seized: 17 total seized
  • Recovered stolen 2008 Ford pickup truck
  • Recovered stolen 1994 Honda ATV 4-wheeler
  • Recovered stolen firearms: 3 total

Narcotics officers and detectives arrested 49-year-old Jimmy Carlton Gilfillan, Jr. on the following 9 charges:

  • trafficking in methamphetamine 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams
  • possession of a Schedule III drug Suboxone, 2nd or subsequent offense
  • possession of a weapon during violent crime
  • 3 counts of possession of a stolen firearm
  • receiving stolen goods, valued more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 (2008 Ford F-150 pickup)
  • receiving stolen goods, valued at $2,000 or less (1994 Honda 4-wheeler)
  • remove, falsifying vehicle identification number intending to conceal identity (Harley Davidson motorcycle)

Gina Marie Sessoms, 35, was arrested on the following 10 charges:

  • 3 counts of possession of a stolen firearm
  • trafficking in methamphetamine 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams
  • possession of a Schedule IV Drug Alprazolam, 1st offense
  • possession of a weapon during violent crime
  • possession of a Schedule III Drug Suboxone, 1st offense
  • remove, falsifying vehicle identification number intending to conceal identity (Harley Davidson motorcycle)
  • receiving stolen goods, valued more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 (2008 Ford F-150 pickup)
  • blue ticket simple possession of marijuana

Both Sessoms and Gilfillan are being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center. Deputies say they aren't street-level dealers, but more of a middle man in the drug trade in the community. This is evident with the large quantity of drugs in their possession along with the $40,250 in cash seized, said deputies.

The estimated street value of all the drugs seized during the search is around $200,000.

The investigation is ongoing an additional charges may be filed in the case. 

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