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Officers make drug arrest in Darlington Co.

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By Jenny Hartley

Lancaster County drug agents assisted in stopping a supply of drugs coming into the county on Feb. 12.

Drug agents received information about a drug deal from an informant, said Lt. Ryan McLemore. Local officers arranged for a deal to be made with the suspect in Hartsville, and were assisted by the State Law Enforcement Division and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers.

Willie Lee Huggins, 23, of Hartsville, has been charged by SLED with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of marijuana.

Local drug agents spoke several times to Huggins by phone, a sheriff’s office incident report said. At first, Huggins said he was out of drugs, but called again and said he had an ounce of crack and a half-ounce of cocaine to sell for $1,600, the report said.

Undercover officers planned to make the deal at the Burger King on U.S. 52 in Darlington. The report said Huggins called to change the location to a gas station, the Marquette, in Hartsville, at the intersection of U.S. 15 and S.C. 151.

Huggins got into a car with the drug agents, who weighed the packages of drugs. When officers moved in to arrest Huggins, he tried running from officers. Huggins fell in the parking lot, and threw the drugs under a van, the report said.

An officer used a Taser to subdue Huggins, the report said.

Officers found 2 grams of marijuana and $300 in Huggins’ pocket, the report said.

Saronta Foneak Campbell, 33, of Lamar, is also facing charges in the case. Campbell drove the car Huggins arrived in, the report said. He was charged with driving under suspension.

“The sheriff (Barry Faile) wants to take an aggressive stance on drug distribution in Lancaster County,” said Maj. David Belk of the local sheriff’s office. “Working together with other agencies such as SLED is key in achieving success against these distributors.”

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151