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Jury issues indictments alleging conspiracies to smuggle contraband into SC prisons

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) -The South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued indictments related to allegations of sophisticated and highly lucrative conspiracies to smuggle large amounts of contraband into the South Carolina prisons.  
 
According to the indictments, prevalent types of contraband include pounds of loose cigarette tobacco, cell phones and cell phone accessories, marijuana, alcoholic beverages, and Synthetic Cannabinoid, also known as "K2", "Deuce" or "Spice".

Other drugs, such as methamphetamine, suboxone, cocaine, and crack cocaine are also trafficked within the walls of the state prisons.  The indictments allege that the conspiracies were run by inmate leaders who “essentially employ[ed] people both inside and outside the prisons to assist in obtaining and distributing the contraband.”  “Friends, wives, girlfriends, relatives, former inmates, and others”, including staff, were all involved in the smuggling operations, according to the charges.

 The indictments contend that “the contraband trade in the prisons drives not only a lucrative black market but also contributes to gang power, gang rivalries, and gang violence among the competing factions within the prison walls.”
 
The indictments allege four methods by which contraband entered the prison system:  throw-overs, smuggling through prison dairy facilities at Wateree Correctional Institution in Sumter County; smuggling through bread runs to a bakery in Columbia, and smuggling through use of the State House inmate work crews.  

The indictments contend that “SCDC’s food distribution network was used against itself to facilitate the contraband trade.”
 
The indictments collectively contain 69 counts, consisting of 106 charges against 17 defendants.  The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding contraband in SCDC should contact SLED or the Attorney General’s Office.
 
The charges are as follows:
 
(1)  Baraka Nabil Ramos (a/k/a “Christ”)
    a. 2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 200 grams or more: 25y and $100,000 
        iii. Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 pounds: 1-10y and $10,000 
        iv. Accessory Before the Fact of Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (5 counts): 1-10y             and/or $1k -$10K 
    b. 2018-GS-47-57  (Richland County)  
        i. Criminal Conspiracy: 5y or up to $5000 
        ii.  Accessory Before the Fact of Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (5 counts): 1-10y             and/or $1k-$10K 
(2) Anthony Jamur Pyatt (a/k/a “MP”)
    2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 200 grams or more: 25y and $100,000 
        iii. Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 pounds: 1-10y and $10,000 
        iv. Accessory Before the Fact of Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (5 counts): 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
(3) Nae’Kwon O’Nore Singleton (a/k/a Tarzan”)
    a. 2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (4 counts): 1-10y and/or $1k - $10K 
    b. 2018-GS-47-57  (Richland County)  
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana: 0-5y and/or $0-5K 
        iii.  Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (5 counts): 1-10y and/or $1k - $10K 
(4) Alexander Lamont Riley
    2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (4 counts): 1-10y and/or $1k - $10K 
(5) Stevenson Lamont Bailey
    2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (4 counts) : 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
(6) Linwood Leroy Eason, Jr. (a/k/a “LJ”)
    2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner (4 counts) : 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
(7) Alexandria L. Blair
    2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 200 grams or more: 25y and $100,000 
        iii. Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 pounds: 1-10y and $10,000 
(8) India L. McCall, (a/k/a “Kandy”)
    2018-GS-47-56  (Sumter County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 200 grams or more: 25y and $100,000 
        iii. Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 pounds: 1-10y and $10,000 
(9) Marcus Anthony Deshner
    Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
(10) Floria Shaunte Latoria Lee
    Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
(11) Travis Mandell Kemp:
    a. 2018-GS-47-58 (Richland County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 10-28 grams: 3-10y & $25K 
        iii. Furnishing of Contraband to a prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
        iv. Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana: 0-5y and/or $0-5K 
        v. Distribution of Controlled Substance within Proximity of School: 0-10y and/or $0-10k 
        vi. Trespass or Loitering on or Refusal to Leave State Correction Properties: 0-5y and/or             $0-5k 
    b. 2018-GS-47-59 (Laurens County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 28-100 grams: 7-25y & $50K 
        iii. Trafficking Cocaine, 10-28 grams: 3-10y and $25K 
        iv. Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Controlled Substance or Controlled             Substance Analogue: 0-3y and/or $0-3K 
        v. Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of or Attempt to Commit a Violent             Crime: 5y 
        vi. Possession of a Stolen Handgun: 0-5y and/or $0-2K 
        vii. Furnishing of Contraband to a Prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
    c. 2018-GS-47-60 (Greenwood County) 
        i. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 28-100 grams: 7-25y & $25k 
        ii. Trafficking Heroin, 4-14 grams: 7-25y and $50K 
        iii. Possession of Cocaine Base (Crack): 0-3y and/or $0-3K 
(12) Coley Alonzo Adams:
    a. 2018-GS-47-58 (Richland County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 10-28 grams: 3-10y & $25K 
        iii. Furnishing of Contraband to a Prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
        iv. Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana: 0-5y and/or $0-5K 
        v. Distribution of Controlled Substance within Proximity of School: 0-10y and/or $0-10k 
        vi. Trespass or Loitering on or Refusal to Leave State Correction Properties: 0-5y and/or             $0-5k 
        vii. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        viii. Furnishing of Contraband to a Prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
    b. 2018-GS-47-60 (Greenwood County) 
        i. Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine: 0-15y and/or $25K 
        ii. Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin: 0-15y and/or $0-25K 
        iii. Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base (Crack): 0-15y and/or $25K 
        iv. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Person Convicted of a Violent Offense: 0-5y             and/or $0-2K 
        v. Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun: 0-1y and/or $0-1K 
(13) Keith Everett Brown:
    2018-GS-47-58 (Richland County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Furnishing of Contraband to a Prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
        iii. Possessing Tools or Weapons for Escape: 1-15y 
(14) Vaquita Eiana Sims:
    2018-GS-47-58 (Richland County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        iii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 400 grams or more: 25-30y & $250K 
(15) Quantis Jamal Pinckney:
    2018-GS-47-58 (Richland County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        iii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 400 grams or more: 25-30y & $250K 
(16) Kimberly Lancaster:
    2018-GS-47-58 (Richland County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 10-28 grams 
        iii. Furnishing of Contraband to a Prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
        iv. Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana: 0-5y and/or $0-5K 
(17) Joshua George John:
    2018-GS-47-59 (Laurens County) 
        i. Criminal Conspiracy:  5y or up to $5000 
        ii. Trafficking Methamphetamine, 28-100 grams: 7-25y & $50K 
        iii. Trafficking Cocaine, 10-28 grams: 3-10y and $25K 
        iv. Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of or Attempt to Commit a Violent  Crime
        v. Possession of a Stolen Handgun: 0-5y and/or $0-2K 
        vi. Furnishing of Contraband to a Prisoner: 1-10y and/or $1-$10K 
 


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