Garden City undercover cocaine bust lands 3 people in jail

Lavard Deon Lind-Baez

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, DEU agents, in cooperation with the Horry County Sheriff's Office, charged Rebecca Lynn Blackwell, 39, Earnest Arthur Bryant III, 25, and Lavard Deon Lind-Baez, 25, with trafficking approximately fifty-six grams of cocaine.

15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit Deputy Commander Dean Bishop said the suspects were carrying enough cocaine to meet the trafficking standard more than five times over.

The three were arrested together after attempting to sell cocaine to undercover agents in the Garden City section of Horry County

"An ounce (28 grams) of cocaine is roughly the size of a golf ball," said Bishop. "What we recovered was two golf balls."

Ten grams is the limit one must possess to be charged with trafficking, said Bishop.

The report said one of the individuals was immediately arrested by police after the drug deal, while the other two suspects sped away in their car.

The car was later found two miles away on Dogwood Drive. One suspect was caught after a resident of the community pointed out the direction he ran, and the other was caught in a nearby residential backyard.

A consent search was conducted at a home on Peachtree Lane in Garden City after the arrests were made.

The three suspects are at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and no bail has been set at this time.