HEMINGWAY, S.C. (WCIV)-- Two men are behind bars for drug trafficking and animal cruelty charges after a drug sting brought investigators to their homes Monday.
Tyrone Williams, 32, has been arrested and charged with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine and 24-year-old Jimmie Grate has been arrested and charged with distribution of cocaine.
According to police reports, on two separate occasions, once on March 13 and then again on March 28, agents assigned to the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office made a "controlled crack cocaine buy" from Williams. The agent gave Williams money and Williams turned over a substance that, on both occasions, tested positive for cocaine.
On April 9, DEU agents and the Georgetown Police Department executed two search warrants at two homes on Roland Way in the Pleasant Hill Community of Georgetown County. The GCSO SWAT team and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division were also called in to assist. Williams and Grate were both taken into custody.
Then, later that day, GCSO deputies were called to one of those same homes on Roland Way for reports of an animal that may need medical attention.
According to incident reports, they found "a number of dogs" near the home. One of the pit bulls was chained near the rear of the home and it had "large cuts around its neck." Williams' mother and wife spoke to the deputy and said "The dogs are Tyrone's" and "We don't mess with them."
Williams was already in custody but a charge of animal cruelty has been added to his drug charges.