BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Several appeared before a Berkeley County judge Friday after being indicted on charges related to an alleged tri-county drug ring.
22 people in all were indicted for a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy dating back to May of 2015. One person has since passed away.
Those appearing in court Friday ranged from high-level operatives and suppliers to upper- and low- level distributors.
The alleged drug ring is said to have operated mainly in Berkeley, Dorchester, and Sumpter counties.
Some alleged players had no criminal history, others have faced some serious charges, like assault with intent to kill.
Many weren’t afraid to ask the judge for leniency.
“I’ve been working, coming home every day. My son’s birthday is tomorrow, I’m going to miss his birthday,” said Misty Day.
“I have my grandma, she’s 88 years old. My shop resides in her backyard. I take care of her,” said Travis Allen.
“I’ve separated myself from everybody. I’ve been taking care of my girlfriends kids for her because she’s on disability,” said Jimmie Crowe.
Some had family members in the courtroom to stick up for them.
“He’s grown up a lot, he’s worked his butt off to stay out of trouble, he was a habitual traffic offender. He’s very proud to show his license now,” said Leana Dingle, relative of Jeffery Dingle.
For some, the judge granted personal recognizance bonds, for others, surety bonds. Many of them were at least 50 to 75 thousand dollars. Bonds were denied for those already serving jail time for other charges.
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