Five more charged with drug operations in Chester and Fairfield counties

GREAT FALLS, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A drug-dealing sting covering Chester and Fairfield counties has increased its number of arrests to eight this week, deputies say.

Officials with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office said the operation has taken place over the last several months around Great Falls (Chester) and Mitford (Fairfield).

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Deputies say the following suspects have been arrested, including some repeat offenders: Artarius Howze, John Lipford, Shaun Ingram, Bradley Sheppard, and Billy Mitchell. They have been taken into custody on narcotics-related offenses that occurred in the two counties.

Here are their charges:

  • Artarius Howze, three counts of Distribution Methamphetamine (third offense), Distribution of Fentanyl (third offense), and Possession of Fentanyl (third offense).

  • Shaun Ingram, Distribution of Methamphetamine and Distribution of Fentanyl.

  • Bradley Sheppard, Distribution of Heroin (third offense) and Possession of Methamphetamine (third offense).

  • John Lipford, Distribution of Fentanyl (second offense).

  • Billy Mitchell, Distribution of Methamphetamine

John Lipford
John Lipford
Bradley Sheppard
Bradley Sheppard
Shaun Ingram
Shaun Ingram
Billy Mitchell
Billy Mitchell
Artarius Howze
Artarius Howze

Photos courtesy Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

These arrests come a week after three others landed related charges:

  • Matthew Costenbader, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Trafficking Fentanyl, Distribution of Fentanyl, two counts of Possession of a Weapon by Convicted Felon, and Distribution of Methamphetamine within Proximity of a School.

  • Brady Barron, Distribution of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Weapon by Convicted Felon, Distribution of Methamphetamine within Proximity of a School, and Possession of a stolen firearm.

  • Kalvis Ingram, Trafficking Methamphetamine, two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Distribution of Methamphetamine within Proximity of a School.

“Our office is dedicated to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure drug dealers and drug traffickers are removed from our communities,” said Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey. “This investigation is another example of the cooperation Chester and Fairfield counties have in the pursuit to improve the safety and quality of life for our citizens.” 

People with information regarding illegal narcotic sales in Fairfield County, are urged to contact the Narcotics Unit at 803-635-6245 or the Sheriff’s Office at 803-635-4141.

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