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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The State Grand Jury returned indictments against a total of 52 people on various charges from a pair of drug cases, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. A Charleston woman was among those indicted in one of the cases, Wilson said.

The grand jury returned indictments against 35 people in connection with an Upstate marijuana and prescription drug trafficking operation, Wilson says. The indictment alleges that from 2009 to the present, multiple people in South Carolina and as far away as California conspired to transport and distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana and prescription drugs throughout Greenville, Pickens and Oconee Counties, with illegal activity also occurring in York, Anderson, Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, according to court documents.

According to Wilson's office, the grand jury returned indictments against the following people:
  • Joshua Ellsworth, of Aptos, California, charged with Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy), and Distribution of Marijuana x5
  • Michael Christopher Davis, of Taylors, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Farrell Katelyn White, of Greenville, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Brian Preston Pace, of Travelers Rest, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • James Michael Smith, Jr., of Travelers rest, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Thomas William Smith, Jr., of Greenville, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • James Michael Wiley, of York, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Keegan Milton Rhoades, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Reece Hunter Motley, of Charleston, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Timothy Edward Suggs, of Seneca, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Kent Logan Carpenter, of Florence, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Michael Ross Gordon, of Clemson, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Carter Cowan Lathan, of Greenville, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy) and Distribution of Marijuana
  • David Benjamin Scroggs, of Clemson, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy) and Distribution of Marijuana x2
  • Michael Patrick Bobinski (AKA "Biscuit"), of Clemson, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy); 
  • Jarrod Randal Sampson, of Norris, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Michael Anthony Looper, of Fountain Inn, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Emma Frances Poole Bearden, of Piedmont, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Derek Michael Hancock, of Piedmont, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy); 
  • Justin Ray Harris, of Greer, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy); 
  • Patricia Kaye Norman, of Crystal Bay, Nevada, Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Amanda Raye Copeland, of Ronkonkoma, New York, Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Nicholas Joseph Schirripa, of central South Carolina, Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy), Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy) x2 and Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana
  • Taylor Alexander DuBose of central South Carolina, Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy), Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy) x2, Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (Oxycodone) (Conspiracy), and Distribution Of Schedule II Substance (Oxycodone) x3
  • Daniel Stuart Defore, of Columbia, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Jessica Latres Epps, of Easley, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 100 - 2,000 lbs. (Conspiracy) and Distribution of Marijuana
  • Duke William Finley, of Raleigh, N.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy) and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
  • Jessica Grace Brewer, of Pendleton, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy) and Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Distribute
  • Andrew Michael Moran, of Seneca, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Thomas Carl Wyatt, of Westminster, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Adam Lee Harvey, of Charlotte, N.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Jordan Michael Decot, of Greenville, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy) and Distribution of Marijuana
  • Jonathan P. Mangiapane, of Jersey City, New Jersey, Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy) x2
  • Adriano Michael Menin, of Seneca, S.C., Trafficking Marijuana, 10-100 lbs. (Conspiracy)
  • Thomas Kendall Yearwood, of Travelers Rest, S.C., Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (Oxycodone) (Conspiracy) 2) Dist. Of Schedule II Substance (Oxycodone) x2.
If convicted, each offense carries specific punishments, Wilson said. Trafficking Marijuana, 10 – 100 pounds carries a punishment of 1-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Trafficking Marijuana, 100-2,000 pounds carries prison time of 25 years and a $25,000 fine. Distribution of Marijuana (first offense) and Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) Marijuana carry a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.

Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, (28g or more) carries a penalty of 25-40 years and a $200,000 fine. Distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substance carries a sentence of 0-15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $25,000.

Seventeen people were indicted in connection with an Upstate methamphetamine operation, Wilson said. The indictment alleges a conspiracy dating back to 2011 to bring Methamphetamine into the state and distribute it throughout the Upstate, documents state.

According to Wilson's office, the grand jury indicted the following people:
  • Donnis Ray Parker, of Liberty, S.C., charged with Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Trafficking Meth 100g or more
  • Timothy Dustin Ross, of Liberty, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Trafficking Meth 10-28 g, and Possession of a Firearm during Commission or Attempt to Commit a Violent Crime
  • William Scott Evett, of Easley, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More, and Trafficking Meth 10-28g
  • Joshua Brent James, of Easley, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More Dist. Meth x2
  • Michelle Godfrey Chandler, of Liberty, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More, Trafficking Meth 10-28g, and Distribution of Meth 
  • William Joshua Lyday, of Easley, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Possession With Intent to Distribute Meth x2
  • Christopher Daryl Taylor, of Inman, S.C., Poss. With Intent to Distribute Meth
  • Jeremy Michael Pace, of Liberty, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Distribution Of Meth x3
  • Timothy Michael Merck, of Liberty, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More, Trafficking Meth 10-28g, Distribution Of Meth, Possession With Intent to Distribute Meth, and Possession Meth x2
  • Lance Daniel Brace, of Pickens, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Distribution Of Meth x2, Possession Of Meth, and Trafficking Meth 10-28g
  • Robin Christina Prince, of Pickens, S.C., Possession Of Meth 
  • James Richard Gaddy, Jr., of Woodruff, S.C., Trafficking Meth 10-28g
  • Jeremiah Brandon Holcombe, of Pickens, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Distribution Of Meth x2
  • James Lewis Gill, of Pickens, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or more and Distribution of Meth x5
  • Megan Ann Keiper, of Pickens, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or more
  • Thomas Earl Morris, Jr., of Liberty, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or more and Distribution of x3 
  • Jennifer Christine Young, of Seneca, S.C., Conspiracy to Traffic Meth, 400g or More and Possession Of Meth
Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 400 grams is punishable by 25-30 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.

According to Wilson, agents from the California Department of Justice, Santa Clara County (California) Special Enforcement Team, DEA Greenville, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Department of Probation, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, York County Drug Enforcement Unit, Greenville Police Department, Easley Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca Police Department, South Carolina National Guard Counter Drug Unit, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Butte County (California) Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Clemson Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, and Travelers Rest Police Department participated in the marijuana and prescription drug trafficking investigation.

Agents from the Easley Police Department, Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Pickens Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina National Guard Counter Drug Unit, and SLED participated in the meth investigation, Wilson said.

Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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