GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deputies and agents with the 15th Circuit Drug Unit culminated a nine-month drug investigation on Nov. 1 with the execution of a search warrant at 715 E. Ashland St. in Andrews and the arrests of two individuals.
Agents said they had received complaints regarding drug distribution and use, stolen property being sold and prostitution taking place at the East Ashland Street home of Willie Jerome “Doc” Patterson.
An investigation was initiated that included surveillances, arrests and controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Patterson, according to records. Based on that investigation six drug distribution related arrest warrants were obtained for Patterson as well as a search warrant for his home.
On the afternoon of November 1, agents and deputies executed the warrants and found seven men and three women inside the small home and three other men outside.
A search of the premises revealed a loaded .45 caliber Glock pistol, which had been reported stolen, a shotgun, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and pills as well as a container, that agents suspected had been used to hold drugs, floating in the toilet.
Patterson was arrested on numerous drug charges as well as Possessing a Stolen Pistol. Kristin Renee Manzo-Barnhill was arrested for providing law enforcement with false information.
The 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, is comprised of numerous agencies within the 15th Judicial Circuit. Contributing agencies include:
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown Police Department, 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Coastal Carolina University DPS, Conway Police Department, Surfside Beach Police Department, SC Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.