Beginning on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 07:00 hours the 11th Annual Operation Strike Force began with 24/7 focused enforcement on the Interstate highways in Florence and Darlington Counties by some of the best Criminal Enforcement Officers from around the state.

Approximately 150 officers from 24 state, local and federal agencies participated in the Operation which ended at 00:00 hours on Friday, May 1, 2015. Over the course of the week, the Operation issued over 1542 citations or warnings, searched 223 vehicles and made 70 criminal cases including 10 felony arrests. 7 illegal weapons were seized. In addition, the Operation netted over 7.5 pounds of high grade marijuana, with an estimated street value of $168,050.00, 2.3 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $130,125.00, 2.7 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $500,000.00.

3 fugitives were apprehended and $276,261.00 in drug related U.S. currency was seized. In addition, a tractor trailer containing an illegal after-market compartment capable of secreting contraband is the subject of a seizure warrant by DEA.

“These dedicated officers have a passion for removing drugs and contraband from the street,” Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. “Operations like this allow them to network, build relationships and share best practices. We owe them all a debt of gratitude for their hard work and dedication.”

The agencies participating in this year’s Operation are as follows:

  • Florence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dillon County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Oconee County Sheriff’s Office SLED
  • Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office
  • York County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
  • Darlington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Colleton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Florence Police Department
  • Horry County Police Department
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yemassee Police Department
  • SC Highway Patrol
  • SC State Transport Police
  • United States Marshals Service
  • Hampton County Sheriff’s Office

“Successful operations like this take months of planning and coordination and would not be possible without the support of our dedicated officers and staff, loyal business and individual sponsors, as well as the agency heads from around the State who allow their officers to participate.” Sheriff Boone stated. “We appreciate their participation in this important operation.”


Major Michael M. Nunn
General Counsel/P.I.O.