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MUGS: 52 Indicted In Upstate Drug Trafficking Operations

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -

Dozens of people have been indicted in connection with two Upstate drug operations.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the State Grand Jury has returned the indictment against 35 people in a marijuana and prescription drug trafficking operation.

They are accused of plotting to bring thousands of pounds of drugs into the Upstate and deliver it throughout Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties. Investigators say illegal activity stretched into York, Anderson, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says taxpayers can be assured their dollars are being spent wisely on law enforcement.

“If you are a drug dealer we are coming after you,” Clark said.

Seventeen more were indicted in connection with methamphetamine trafficking dating back to 2011.

SLED Investigator Lt. Max Dorsey says meth remains a big problem in the Upstate.

Methamphetamine is being made locally and being transported from out-of-state.

A concern among law enforcement is that meth can alter user’s behavior, and in some cases make them a threat to others.

“We are going to use every means possible to do what we got to do to battle this meth epidemic,” Clark said.

See the mugshots above to see the suspects who were indicted.

Several agencies were involved in this operation.

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