Operation "Spring Tiger"
Six Clemson students arrested in drug bust.
by GRACE GREENE/ NEWS EDITOR
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on April 25, 2014 | PRINT

Six Clemson students have been charged with felony drug charges on Thursday and Friday of this week.

The arrests, which were part of a larger joint police effort entitled Operation “Spring Tiger,” involved 16 people being charged with 47 criminal charges, 42 of which are considered felonies under federal and South Carolina state law.

According to the arrest warrants, some of the alleged incidents occurred within a half-mile of Clemson’s campus, including locations on College Avenue such as TD’s Food and Drink and Tiger Town Tavern.

The arrest warrant states that the first alleged incident involving a Clemson student occurred on January 18, 2013, when Edward Hall, an accounting major, sold marijuana to an undercover operator. He was also charged with committing the same offense on May 3 of that year.

Twenty-one year old Dakota William Sligh, a materials science and engineering major, was charged with 8 felonies that had occurred between February 28 and April 24 of 2014.

One of these felonies involved the sale of “a green plant material that is believed to be marijuana” to an undercover operative in the parking lot of 501 Old Greenville Highway, which is the parking lot of the Clemson Bi-Lo.

According to the arrest warrant, on April 24, 2014, Sigh was charged with the possession of over 28 grams of what police determined to be marijuana and an unspecified amount of psilocybin mushrooms found during a legal search of the suspects’s apartment.

According to the arrest warrant, the drugs were found in a “black backpack style bag” that “was located in the bathroom of the accused bedroom.”

Twenty-two year-old Gregory Neil Ford, a parks, recreation and tourism management major, was charged with 5 felonies, including the distribution of marijuana from a local apartment complex.

According to the arrest warrant, Ford “was found to be in possession of less than 28 grams of a green plant material believed to be marijuana” during a legal search of the accused’s apartment on April 24.

Nineteen year-old Jason Yamil Reyes was charged with two felonies, both involving distribution of marijuana to an undercover operative in Seneca.

Twenty-one year-old Derrick William Castles, a pre-business major, was charged with one count of distribution of marijuana in a local apartment complex. He was also charged with one count of simple possession of marijuana, which is considered a misdemeanor under the law.

Thirty-one year-old Klaris Carlton Norwood, a management major, was charged with one count of distribution of marijuana that occurred on in a local apartment complex on February 7, 2014.

Ten additional suspects were charged as part of Operation “Spring Tiger.”

The ten additional suspects include forty-nine year-old Salisa Irene Broughton of Seneca, nineteen year-old Joshua Collier Bunch of Easley, eighteen year-old Kayla Rae Erickson of Simpsonville, twenty-one year-old Dustin Lee Hooper of Central, twenty-one year-old Alexander Dean Pike of Central, twenty-two year-old of Alex Nicholas Rankin of Clemson, twenty year-old Evan Matthew Roisum of Central, and thirty-four year-old Niesha Webb of Pendleton.

Twenty-seven year-old Michael Richard Cotton of Central has been charged with one misdemeanor and four felonies involving the possession and distribution of marijuana. Two of those charges involve distribution within close proximity of a school.

The first incident occurred on January 17, 2014 at TD’s Food and Drink. The second incident occurred on April 24, 2014 at Tiger Town Tavern.

The final suspect arrested is a minor; The Tiger adheres to a strict policy of not releasing identifying information about minors in relation to criminal proceedings. The minor in question was charged with six felonies. Three of the felonies involved the distribution of MDMA/Ectasy, Xanax, and LSD; the remaining three involved distribution of said substances within close proximity of Ashley Deering Park.

At the time of print, three of the original 16 individuals remain at large.

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