Photo Gallery | Sheriff: 11 arrested, 3 sought following operation “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”
Eleven people were arrested after almost a year-long meth investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry Police Department, Whitmire Police Department, and State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
According to a news release, officers executed operation, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” in the Newbery area on Monday and arrested and charged eleven people with one count of attempting to purchase excessive quantity of pseudoephedrine. Each was jailed at the Newberry County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. Those arrested were:
Kenneth Lamar Braswell, 36, 483 Subertown Road, Whitmire
Sierra Dawn Braswell, 31, 9 Sweetbriar Road, Gray Court
Jessie Lee Ferguson, 26, 2310 Scurry Island Road, Chappells
Christopher Lee Gonzales, 40, 137 Oak Hollow, Newberry
Michael Wayne Leopard, 36, 483 Subertown Road, Whitmire
Lisa Ann Owings, 42, 483 Subertown Road, Whitmire
Pamela Marie Owings, 38, 483 Subertown Road, Whitmire
JaMichael Lee Owings, 43, 483 Subertown Road, Whitmire
Cindy Brank Sutton, 1421 Coleman Avenue, Whitmire
Ansel Brad Wallen, 41, 1971 Highway 66, Whitmire
Charles Ricky Wilson, 25, 2733 Collinswood Drive, Newberry
The report said the investigation revealed that the above individuals attempted to purchase more than nine grams of ephedrine, or pseudoephedrine, per month.
According to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Paula Dianne Beach, 21-year-old Johnathon Blake Crumpton and 40-year-old Christopher Lee Gonzales are still being sought in connection with this investigation.
Deputies say Beach, Crumpton and Gonzales will also be charged with one count of attempting to purchase excessive quantity of pseudoephedrine.
Sheriff Lee Foster stated that “We have a responsibility as law enforcement officers and citizens of this county, to work proactively to keep this community safe and maintain that standard. We take that responsibility seriously in partnering with the community and it is our aim to seek out those who continue to oppose that standard.”
“While at first glance this seems a minor offense, it should be clear that these drugs are nearly always sought to perpetuate an illegal meth manufacturing lab. Meth destroys lives, families, and communities and this is our effort to be proactive in our approach to stop these labs by eliminating the supplies needed to make the drug,” said Foster.
Additional arrests are expected.