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23 Defendants Arrested, Three at Large, on Federal Drug Conspiracy and Firearms Charges in Horry County in Operation Broken Branch

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Conway, South Carolina
— United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that a
joint team of more than 200 federal, state, and local law enforcement
officers arrested 23 individuals who have all been charged in federal
court for their roles in a drug trafficking organization that operated
out of the Cedar Branch area of Horry County, South Carolina. Three
additional defendants remain at large. 

The arrests mark the first in Operation Broken Branch, the latest
iteration in a series of joint federal, state, and local investigations
targeting violent crime in Myrtle Beach and throughout Horry County. 

According to court records, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), through its Pee Dee Safe Streets Gang Task Force, began this
multi-year investigation in conjunction with the 15th Circuit
Solicitor’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and Horry County
Sheriff’s Office. The operation specifically targeted alleged members of
the drug trafficking organization based on the organization’s
distribution of dangerous drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, and its
members’ use of firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crimes.

“Pandemic or not, there is no safe harbor for criminals in South
Carolina,” said U.S. Attorney McCoy. “I want to commend the exceptional
efforts of the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way
for this morning’s operation. With today’s arrests, in the last six
weeks alone this office has charged more than 50 individuals for major
drug trafficking crimes or serious firearms offenses. We can only do
this work through close relationships with our federal, state, and local
partners. Arrests like these help take down entire criminal
organizations, allowing us to protect the people of South Carolina and
help ensure they have safe neighborhoods to call home.”

“These complaints and arrests demonstrate drug trafficking
organizations will be investigated and dismantled, no matter what corner
of South Carolina they are found,” said Jody Norris, Special Agent in
Charge of the FBI.  “All our law enforcement partners, especially the
FBI’s Pee Dee Safe Streets Gang Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Unit of
the Fifteenth Circuit, and the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, should be
commended for their tremendous work in eliminating an organization that
is alleged to have peddled dangerous drugs and violence in multiple
states.” 

The following defendants have been arrested on criminal complaints
under various charges related to their alleged roles in the drug
trafficking organization: 

DARRELL LAMONT JACKSON, 46, of Myrtle Beach, is charged in the
conspiracy with five kilograms or more of cocaine.  This charge carries a
potential penalty of 10 years to Life imprisonment.

MARK TYREISE JACKSON, a/k/a “Ty,” 24, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with 500 grams or more of cocaine.  This charge carries a
potential penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment.  

TERAINE LAVANCE GREEN, a/k/a “Juice,” 28, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine. 
This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

WINFERD JUNIOR SHERMAN, a/k/a “Dunk,” 22, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of cocaine base and a quantity of heroin. 
This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

TREMAYNE TYRONE GREEN, a/k/a “Plies,” a/k/a “P,” 24, of Loris, is
charged in the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin and a quantity of
fentanyl.  This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years
imprisonment. 

PHILLIP JAMAL JOHNSON, a/k/a “Foo,” 28, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base, and a
quantity of cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of up to
20 years imprisonment.  He is also charged with possession of a firearm
in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a potential
penalty of at least five years consecutive to any other penalty
imposed. 

ANTRA TRUMAINE GORE, a/k/a “Priest,” 37, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base, and a
quantity of cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of up to
20 years imprisonment.  He is also charged with unlawful possession of a
firearm by a prohibited individual, which carries a potential penalty
of up to 10 years imprisonment. 

ANGELO TARAY JACKSON, a/k/a “Che Che,” 23, of Loris, is charged in
the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base,
and a quantity of cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of
up to 20 years imprisonment.  

ANTHONY LAMONT NEALEY, a/k/a “Esse,” 40, of Longs, is charged in the
conspiracy with 28 grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of
cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of five to 40 years
imprisonment. 

JAMES GOMILOUS RIGGINS, a/k/a “Scooby,” 43, of Tabor City, North
Carolina, is charged in the conspiracy with 500 grams or more of
cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of five to 40 years
imprisonment. 

LATEICE LANEICE GRIFFIN, a/k/a “Teice,” a/k/a “Thugbunny1120,” 28, of
Longwood, North Carolina, is charged in the conspiracy with a quantity
of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine.  This charge carries a
potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

LEON DALE GREEN, a/k/a “Young,” 31, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with 500 grams or more of cocaine and a quantity of heroin. 
This charge carries a potential penalty of five to 40 years
imprisonment. 

TEONTRIC SAQIWINA JACKSON, a/k/a “T,” 28, of Loris, is charged is
charged in the conspiracy with 28 grams or more of cocaine base, 100
grams or more of heroin, 500 grams or more of cocaine, a quantity of
methamphetamine, and a quantity of fentanyl.  This charge carries a
potential penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment.  He is also charged
with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime,
which carries a potential penalty of at least five years consecutive to
any other penalty imposed. 

JAMES MYERS, III, a/k/a “Brix,” 31, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of fentanyl, a quantity of cocaine, and a
quantity of oxycodone.  This charge carries a potential penalty of up to
20 years imprisonment.  He is also charged with unlawful possession of
firearm by a prohibited individual, which carries a potential penalty of
up to 10 years imprisonment; and possession of a firearm in furtherance
of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a potential penalty of at
least five years consecutive to any other penalty imposed. 

DEVANTE JAQUAN SQUIRES, a/k/a “Buddy Ro,” 25, of Loris, is charged in
the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base,
and a quantity of cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of
up to 20 years imprisonment. 

SHAQUAN TAEREEK HEMINGWAY, a/k/a “Obe,” 22, of Loris, is charged in
the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin and a quantity of cocaine. 
This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

TYRUSS KENDREZ HEMINGWAY, a/k/a “OT,” a/k/a “Macc,” 19, of Loris, is
charged in the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin and a quantity of
cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years
imprisonment. 

ALFREDO GORE, a/k/a “AG,” 41, of Loris, is charged in the conspiracy
with 100 grams or more of heroin, a quantity of cocaine base, and a
quantity of cocaine.  This charge carries a potential penalty of five to
40 years imprisonment. 

MONTEL LASAUL HYPPOLITE, a/k/a “Pooh,” 21, of Conway, is charged in
the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin and a quantity of cocaine. 
This charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.

BILLIE LEE GREEN, a/k/a “Old School,” 59, of Longs, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of heroin and a quantity of cocaine.  This
charge carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.

BYRON JAMES JACKSON, a/k/a “B,” 27, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with 100 grams or more of heroin, 500 grams or more of
cocaine, and a quantity of cocaine base.  This charge carries a
potential penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment. 

ROBERT JERMAINE ATTAWAY, a/k/a “Ant,” 26, of Myrtle Beach, is charged
in the conspiracy with a quantity of heroin.  This charge carries a
potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

CARL LEE GREEN, 43, of Longs, is charged in the conspiracy with 500
grams or more of cocaine, 28 grams of cocaine base, and a quantity of
heroin.  This charge carries a potential penalty of five to 40 years
imprisonment. 

The following defendants are still at large:

TYSHON LAMONT CLIFTON, a/k/a “Rondo,” 20, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with a quantity of heroin.  This charge carries a potential
penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

BRADLEY CHRISTOPHER GRIFFIN, JR., 34, of Longwood, North Carolina, is
charged in the conspiracy with a quantity of cocaine.  This charge
carries a potential penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment. 

TIMOTHY MONDALE LONG, a/k/a “Black,” 38, of Loris, is charged in the
conspiracy with 280 grams or more of cocaine base and 100 grams or more
of heroin.  This charge carries a potential penalty of 10 years to Life
imprisonment.  He is also charged with possession of a firearm in
furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a potential
penalty of at least five years consecutive to any other penalty
imposed. 

Operation Broken Branch is at least the third investigation targeting
violent crime in the area.  In 2017, Operation Silver Sunset targeted
29 associates of the Billy Bloods street gang, a subset of the United
Blood Nation.  In 2018, Operation Rise and Shine targeted 34 associates
of G-Shine/SMG, another subset of the Bloods.  Today’s arrests mark the
latest, but not the last, investigation targeting violent crime in Horry
County and surrounding areas.

During the course of this investigation, agents seized substantial
quantities of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and
methamphetamine.  Agents also seized more than a dozen firearms, bulk
ammunition, and more than $180,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

The case was investigated by the FBI, 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
DEU, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office,
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Myrtle Beach Police
Department, Horry County Police Department, Coastal Carolina University
Police Department, Loris Police Department, Conway Police Department,
North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Brunswick County
Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office in
North Carolina, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and City of Georgetown
Police Department.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state,
and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the
Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an
evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.
Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify
the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop
comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN
focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners
with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting
reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Everett McMillian is prosecuting the case,
alongside Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Hixson, who also serves
as Deputy Solicitor for 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and Special
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Caraker.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges against these
defendants are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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