Pickens Co. Sheriff: Undercover operation gets 13 'high-level' drug distributors off streets

Sheriff Rick Clark announces Pickens Co. drug arrests (FOX Carolina/ Jan. 19, 2018)

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark on Friday announced that an undercover drug operation that began in May 2007 and is still ongoing has resulted in 13 people being charged with 37 charges so far.

Sheriff Clark said getting drug dealers off the streets and getting drugs out of the community was part of his mission both as sheriff and as a Christian.

Clark said his deputies went after distributors, and suspects believed to be in high rankings in area drug-trade.

“It’s important to note that these weren’t just users, these were high level distributors, who were in an action network of disturbing our county and destroying lots of lives across our county."

Clark encouraged people battling addiction to get help. He said addicts can seek help and get treatment without fear of law enforcement.

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The suspects are: Steven Bruening, 55, 2 counts of distribution of meth Kurtis Russell Burns, 37, 5 counts of trafficking meth, 2 counts of marijuana distribution, 3 counts distribution of meth, multiple weapons offenses Scott Allen Durham, 54, Trafficking meth, distribution of meth, 2 gun offenses Sheila Elaine Durham, 48, possession of meth Jeremy Lee Farmer, 29, distribution of meth Joshua Dalton Kelly, 33, 2 counts of distribution of meth Brandi Nicole O’Bryant, 33, trafficking meth Jonathan Michael Palm, 29, distribution of meth William Lee Pressley, 41, 2 counts of distribution of meth Darrin Fitzgerald Rice, 50, trafficking meth Tracy Renee Scivedge, 46, PWID meth, distribution of meth Kenneth Clayton Waldrop, 55, 4 counts of distribution of meth12 of the suspects have been arrested and three are already in prison, Clark said.

The name of the 13th suspect was not released as Clark said existing health complications have prevented his arrest.

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