Sheriff: Nearly three dozen charged in undercover drug sting in Lancaster County

Top left to right: Billy Criminger, Larry Craig, and Ronvarus Henderson. Bottom left to right: Keith McLlwaint, Krista Knight, and Phyllis Taylor. (A handful of the suspects arrested during the operation via the Lancaster Co Sheriff's Office) 

Nearly three dozen people are facing various drug charges following an undercover operation conducted by multiple agencies across South Carolina including SLED, ATF and Homeland Security. 

Authorities said the entire operation began on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and continued through Thursday. 

A total of 34 people were wanted on 82 warrants. Of the 34, police said 25 have been arrested. The charges include trafficking, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, possession without a prescription, possession, and distribution or possession with intent to distribute within a half mile of a school or park. 

Excluding the proximity warrants, the drugs involved include heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine charges, cocaine, ecstasy, various drugs in pill form, and marijuana. 

"The assistance we got from SLED, ATF, Homeland Security, and Probation and Parole made this an efficient operation which was conducted with no major issues," Lancaster County Sheriff Faile said. " The numbers tell us that heroin and methamphetamine continue to be a big problem in our community, and our efforts to find the drugs and those dealing with them will continue."