Narcotics/SCDC Contraband

​On October 26, 2017 the Narcotics Unit of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office disrupted a Major Illegal Contraband Operation in which individuals were providing large quantities of contraband to SC Prisons, including Tobacco, Illegal Narcotics, Cell Phones, and Escape Tools. The Narcotic Unit was conducting an investigation in the Waterloo Community in reference to anonymous complaints of drug activity when they discovered this operation. The Sheriff’s office is continuing this investigation with SCDC Officials. ​During the investigation, Deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle which was occupied by Joshua George John and Travis Kemp. During the traffic stop Deputies located a quantity of pills on Mr. Kemp which were a schedule I controlled substance. During a search of the vehicle, Investigators located numerous items which they recognized as being used in the transportation of contraband. The items seized were valued in excess of $500,000.00 inside a correctional facility. Mr. Kemp and Mr. John were arrested and transported to Johnson Detention Center where they will be booked on these charges. ​Sheriff Don Reynolds stated the following: “The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office intends to bring hurt to drug pushers, and any other contraband dealers of any type. This is a great example of dedicated Deputies putting dedicated thugs in jail” Arrest details are as follows: Joshua George John Conspiracy to Deliver Contraband Trafficking Meth Trafficking Cocaine Possession W/ Intent to Distribute Marijuana Possession of a Weapon during the commission of a violent crime Possession of a stolen handgun Possession of a weapon by person convicted of a violent crime Travis Mandell Kemp Conspiracy to Deliver Contraband Trafficking Meth Trafficking Cocaine Possession W/ Intent to Distribute Marijuana Possession of a Weapon during the commission of a violent crime Possession of a stolen handgun Possession of a weapon by person convicted of a violent crime The following items were seized as a result of this investigation:

15.89 OUNCES MARIJUANA 32 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE 17 GRAMS OF COCAINE 44.59 LBS OF TOBACCO 1 COLT .45 CALIBER HANDGUN (STOLEN OUT OF HORRY COUNTY SC) 1 WALTHER P22 .22 CALIBER HANDGUN 7 PACKS NEWPORT CIGARETTES 132 LIGHTERS 80 CIGARS 53 PACKAGES OF CIGARELLOS 69 PACKAGES OF ROLLING PAPERS 84 SMART PHONES 7 FLIP STYLE CELL PHONES 19 CELL PHONE BATTERIES 53 USB CABLES 72 WALL ADAPTERS 8 VARIOUS SIZE BOTTLES OF ALCOHOL 1 PAIR INDUSTRIAL SNIPS 3 PAIR OF SIDE CUTTERS 1 PACKAGE OF LENOX RECIPROCATING SAW BLADES 14 INDIVIDUAL HACK SAW BLADES 3 KNIVES 1 PACKAGE WHITE SOCKS 1 PACKAGE WHITE SHIRTS 1 PAIR NIKE AIR FORCE SHOES 1 TATTOO GUN KIT 1 PACKAGE OF INSENSE WITH LIGHTING PEDESTAL 

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