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Narcotics/SCDC Contraband

October 27, 2017


​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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