55 kilos of powder cocaine seized as part of Operation Strike Force

For the tenth year, the Florence County Sheriff's Office has hosted Operation Strike Force, a focused enforcement effort that targets the interstate highways that run through Florence County.

The operation was conducted around the clock from May 5 - May 8.

In one traffic stop, agents seized 55 kilos (121 pounds) of powder cocaine. The seizure is believed to be the 4th largest in South Carolina history, with an estimated street value of $6.3 million, according to a news release send Friday by Cpt. Mike Nunn.

In addition, agents seized more than 7 pounds of marijuana, 4 grams of heroin, and 336 grams of Khat.

The operation led to 1,627 citations or warnings, 162 vehicle searches, and 11 felony arrests.

Five fugitives were taken into custody, six stolen vehicles were recovered, and nearly $125,000 in cash was seized, the release said.

During the operation, investigators also confiscated 242 preloaded credit cards.

"Investigators state that these credit cards are used to commit identity fraud and to launder proceeds from the narcotics trafficking and other illegal activity," said Cpt. Nunn.

Sheriff's Offices from all over South Carolina participated in the operation.