Operation Cash Cow: Dairy farm, bakery used to smuggle drugs, phones into SC prisons – WACH.com


by Andrea Butler, Courtney King

Attorney General Alan Wilson held a press conference Friday afternoon concerning contraband in prisons.

According to the indictments, prevalent types of contraband including: loose cigarette tobacco, cell phones, cell phone accessories, marijuana, alcoholic beverages, synthetic marijuana (also known as “K2”), and other drugs including crack cocaine, cocaine, and methamphetamine, were all trafficked within the walls of state prisons in what officials are calling "Operation Cash Cow."

The indictment alleged that conspiracies were ran by inmate leaders who “essentially employed people both inside and outside of the prison to assist in obtaining and distributing the contraband”

A number of people outside of the prison walls including, “friends, wives, girlfriends, relatives, former inmates and others including staff” were all involved in the smuggling operation according to the charges.

Seventeen defendants have been indicted in the scheme. Collectively the defendants are facing 106 charges.

The indictments alleged that four methods were used to get contraband inside of the prison system. Throw-overs, smuggling through prison diary facilities at Wateree Correctional in Sumter County, smuggling through bread runs to a bakery in Columbia, and smuggling through use of the State House inmate work crews.

The indictments also claim that “SCDC’s food distribution network was used against itself to facilitate the contraband trade.”

Sheriff Leon Lott called on the federal government to address the prison system's inability to black cell phone signals at prisons, which is how inmates were able to coordinate their schemes.

The chief prosecutor in the case says this scheme would have not been possible, if the inmates didn't have access to cell phones.

The charges are as follows:

Baraka Nabil Ramos (aka- "Christ")

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine of 200 grams or more
  • Trafficking marijuana of 10 to 100 pounds
  • 5 counts of accessory before the fact of furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • 5 counts of accessory before the fact of furnishing contraband to a prisoner

Anthony Jamur Pyatt (aka- "MP")

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine of 200 grams or more
  • Trafficking marijuana of 10 to 100 pounds
  • 5 counts of accessory before the fact of furnishing contraband to a prisoner

Nae'Kwon O'Nore Singleton (aka- "Tarzan")

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • 4 counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
  • 5 counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner

Alexander Lamont Riley

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • 4 counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Stevenson Lamont Bailey
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • 4 counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner

Linwood Leroy Eason, Jr. (aka- "LJ")

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • 4 counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Alexandria L. Blair
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine of 200 grams or more
  • Trafficking marijuana of 10 to 100 pounds

India L. McCall (aka- Kandy)

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine of 200 grams or more
  • Trafficking marijuana of 10 to 100 pounds

Marcus Anthony Deshner

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Floria Shaunte Latoria Lee
  • Criminal conspiracy

Travis Mandell Kemp

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine of 10 to 28 grams
  • Furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
  • Distribution of controlled substance within proximity of school
  • Trespass or loitering on or refusal to leave state correction properties
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine, 28-100 grams
  • Trafficking cocaine, 10-28 grams
  • Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV controlled substance or controlled substance analogue
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempt to commit a violent crime
  • Possession of a stolen handgun
  • Furnishing of contraband to a prisoner
  • Trafficking methamphetamine, 28-100 grams
  • Trafficking heroin, 4-14 grams
  • Possession of cocaine base (crack)

Coley Alonzo Adams

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine of 10 to 28 grams
  • Furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
  • Distribution of controlled substance within proximity of school
  • Trespass or loitering on or refusal to leave state correction properties
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Furnishing contraband to a prisoner
  • Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin
  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack)
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm by person convicted of a violent offense
  • Unlawful carrying of a handgun

Keith Everett Brown

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Furnishing of contraband to a prisoner
  • Possession tools or weapons for escape

Vaquita Eiana Sims

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine, 400 grams or more

Quantis Jamal Pinckney

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine, 400 grams or more

Kimberly Lancaster

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine
  • Furnishing of contraband to a prisoner
  • Possession with intent to distribute marijuana

Joshua George John

  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Trafficking methamphetamine
  • Trafficking cocaine, 10-28 grams
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempt to commit a violent crime
  • Possession of a stolen handgun
  • Furnishing of contraband to a prisoner

The case was investigated by the South Carolina State Grand Jury, which was assisted in this case by a partnership of the Attorney General's State Grand Jury Division, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the South Carolina Department of Corrections Division of Police Services, the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, the Laurens County Sheriff's Department, and the Eight Circuit Solicitor's Office.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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