36 charged in cocaine trafficking conspiracy in Sumter County

SUMTER, S.C. — The Columbia Violent Gang Task Force arrested several suspects charged in three separate indictments charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the midlands of South Carolina.

All defendants who were arrested today in connection with the unsealing of these indictments will make their initial appearances at the Mathew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina, tomorrow at 10:00 am before the Honorable Paige J. Gossett, United States Magistrate Judge.

The arrests mark the next step in the CVGTFs efforts to combat violent crime linked to drug trafficking in the Sumter and Columbia areas of South Carolina.

This investigation began over a year ago when FBI, DEA and City of Sumter Task Force Officers targeted the cocaine sources of supply who were selling cocaine to the defendants referenced above. Agents and Task Force Officers previously conducted arrest operations on June 16, 2015, and October 20, 2015. As of the date of today’s takedown, this investigation has resulted in the seizure of over 9 kilograms of powder cocaine, the seizure of almost $900,000.00, the seizure of 8 firearms that were used in furtherance of drug trafficking, and convictions/guilty pleas of 14 defendants who were previously arrested and prosecuted in connection with this investigation. Agents have learned that this group was directly responsible for the distribution of well over 150 kilograms (wholesale value of $6,000,000.00) of cocaine in Sumter and Richland Counties during the time frame of the conspiracy.

To date, the following defendants have entered guilty pleas to drug trafficking conspiracy charges and/or money laundering offenses:

Juan Pablo Contreras
Eduardo Esaid Contreras-Reyes
Marco Antonio Castro
Javier Toscano-Serrano
Patar Oneal Montgomery
Andre Lewayne Brooks
Jimmy Tony McDowell
Jermaine Terrell Hilton
Michael Antonio Floyd
Rayshon Jamaal Foster
Donald Antwon Dingle
Corey Emanuel White
Harold Matthew McFadden
Bryant Christopher Ford

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