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Ross, two murder victims arrested in 2011 drug raid

By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli
The name of Andrual Rashan Ross may sound familiar to both law enforcement and residents, as he also made headlines during a drug raid last year.
Ross, who is wanted in connection with the shooting of a man outside Waffle House last weekend, was one of seven people arrested during the search of an Usher Road home in October 2011.
According to the S.C. Judicial Department website, Ross was out on bond for a number of charges filed after that arrest, including possession of marijuana, trafficking cocaine 10-28 grams, trafficking crack cocaine 10-28 grams and possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance.
The charges are still pending in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which covers Lancaster County. Per judicial records, a $652.50 personal-recognizance bond was issued for Ross for the possession charge, while surety bonds in the amounts of $4,500 were issued for the two trafficking charges and $1,000 for the controlled-substance charge. He posted bond a few days after his arrest.
In that case, authorities conducted the search after a joint investigation revealed people were selling illegal drugs at the home, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
The investigation involved the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Team, the Lancaster Police Department and the Lancaster County Metro SWAT Team.  
The Metro SWAT Team executed the search warrant and secured the area so investigators could search the house.  During the search, investigators found prescription medication, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, a handgun and a police scanner, the release said. Estimated street value of the drugs found was $2,000.  
Ross and six other people were arrested during the search and received a variety of charges, most of which were drug-related.
Also arrested during that search were then-53-year-old Linda Massey Gaymon and 25-year-old Mardrickus Javon Belk, whose names may also sound familiar.
That’s because Gaymon and Belk were two of the 11 people murdered in the county this year.
Gaymon was found strangled to death in a vacant house in the 900 block of Starnes Street on Feb. 24, while Belk was killed May 9 in an apparent shootout at a home in the 2300 block of Old Blackmon Road. Also killed in that shootout was Stephen Lamont Westbrook, 39, of Rock Hill.
Others arrested during the October 2011 raid include:
u Dequavis Chavez Jones, 20, 1110 Ten Oaks Lane, who pleaded guilty in July 2012 to a trafficking-cocaine charge from the raid, though the other charges were dropped, per state judicial records. He also pleaded guilty at the same time to a separate first-degree burglary charge, for which he had been arrested on April 2012. He was sentenced to no more than six years in jail under South Carolina’s Youthful Offenders Act, followed by five years of probation.
u  Octavius Jamar Brown, 21, 1150 S. Potter Road; Lillian Martha Caskey, 45, 1404 Phil Thurman Drive; and Brian Bernard Portee, 41, 1609 Memorial Park Road, whose various charges are all still pending, per the S.C. Judicial Department website.
Both Brown and Caskey made bond on charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking crack and possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance shortly after their arrests. There is no record of Portee posting bond.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416