Eleven people were arrested Thursday in "Operation State Line," a multi-agency effort to arrest suspects indicted by a federal grand jury in a drug conspiracy, but police are still looking for one more.
The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office says the case dates back to 1995.
The eleven men, along with another who has not been arrested, were named in a federal indictment for drug conspiracy in April.
The indictment says that from 1995 until April 2014, the suspects conspired with each other to possess and distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
A team comprised of the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, SLED, FBI, MCSO, McColl PD, US Marshals, and North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant Wednesday at the residence of Reginald McKinnon on Sanders Rd in Laurinburg and seized evidence there, according to Lt. Jamie Seales, with the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office.
Members of the same agencies also went to other homes in four counties in South Carolina and North Carolina to make arrests.
Police are still looking for the 12th suspect, Jermal McKinnon, of Clio. McKinnon is 5'10" and weighs 210 lbs.
You are asked to call 911 or the MCSO at 843-479-5605 if you have any information about his whereabouts. The MCSO says all information will be kept confidential, and a reward may be offered for information leading to his arrest.
The following defendants were arrested:
- Aloysius Jamego Ber Mclaughlin, 28, of Maxton, NC
- Quincy Lamont Campbell, 33,of Bennettsville, SC
- Charles Edward Graham, 36,of McColl, SC
- Michael Evans Pate, 45, of McColl, SC
- Phillip Antonio Fair, 37, of Bennettsville, SC
- Jeffrey Patrick Harrington, 32, of McColl, SC)
- Jerrod Devaughn Moore, 28, of McColl, SC
- Larry Williams, 33, of Wagram, NC
- Martin Jevon Mcinnis, 27, of Kernersville, NC and Clio, SC
- Derrick Christopher Pate, 32, of Taylors, SC
- Reginald McKinnon, 37, Laurinburg, NC
"This is probably the 5th or 6th case like this we have done in the past few years," said Sheriff Fred Knight. "I cannot warn drug dealers enough about the consequences of drug dealing. The Federal system has mandatory sentencing guidelines that are driven by these defendants' prior records. This group has sold and distributed a lot of drugs over the years in this county and across the State Line into NC. I hope this sends a message again about selling drugs in this area. I would like to thank all the agencies involved and the teamwork utilized to affect these arrests in a few hours over so many locations. Please call if you have any information about our last defendant, Jermal McKinnon, and your information will be kept confidential. I look forward to getting this case prosecuted and moving on to the next group who have also been involved in drugs in this county for a long time."