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Sheriff: 15 'poison pushers' arrested, 5 more wanted after 'Operation Jingle Bail'

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Left to right: Taylor Phipps, Donna Fowler and JW Sullivan Jr. (Source: CCSO) Left to right: Taylor Phipps, Donna Fowler and JW Sullivan Jr. (Source: CCSO)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Cherokee County sheriff said 15 people were arrested and five others are wanted following Operation Jingle Bail.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said 20 people were charged with 46 total drug-related offenses during the roundup, which began on December 20 and ended on December 22.

"It's important we get these people off the street because it could your child or my child that could get addicted to this poison," explained Sheriff Mueller. 

Mueller said his deputies had spent three months investigating the suspects and conducting undercover video buys.

SLIDESHOW: Mugshots from 'Operation Jingle Bail' drug roundup

Mueller identified the captured suspects as:

  • Taylor Dawn Phillips, 20
  • Donna Michelle Fowler, 52
  • Kelly Dawn Childers, 40
  • JW Sullivan Jr., 57
  • Joshua Charles Cobb, 26
  • Tomaine Roshand Deal, 32
  • Joshua Adam-Chris Brooks, 28
  • Jesse Faith Pennington, 27
  • Christy Ann Keller,
  • Tyrone McFadden, 36
  • Patricia Bright McAbee, 57
  • Jeffrey Scott Bostic, 30
  • Kimberly Lynn Harrison, 33
  • Tracy Wray, 49
  • Tyberius Lamont Parker, 20

The sheriff said the following people are still wanted on methamphetamine offenses:

  • Christina Noel Austin, 23
  • Shane Lee Ruppe, 41
  • Kenneth Edward Phillips Jr., 40
  • Kenya Makalo Hadden, 21
  • Calvin Makupson, 37

Seven of those people are under the age of 30 and SHeriff Mueller says that is becoming a common trend.The youngest arrested during in this sting is just 20 years old and facing 7 counts. That's where that's where the Cherokee County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse comes into play.

Tierney Rollins with the CCCADA says they’re trying to stop that trend.

"We have the opportunity to work in the school district, sheriff's department, and local PD encouraging students to pick a different direction. To not follow the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

They focus on reaching children from elementary school through high school. Rollins says their work is having an impact and hopes it will show in the near future.

Mueller asked that anyone with information about the suspects’ whereabouts call 1-888-274-6372 or 1-888-CRIME-SC to make an anonymous tip.

"A lot of them it’s just been a lifestyle they've seen. They fall in the pressure of well this what we do. Others who get involved with selling drugs, it's the fast money."

Instead, Rollins and her staff direct the students towards a path geared towards their strengths and passions. Sheriff Mueller says as successful as this round up was, their work isn't even close to done.

"This will slow the drug trade in our community for a little while, but our narcotics guys are already working on the next operation."

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