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Operation Spring Tiger: 16 arrested for illegal drugs in southern Clemson

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A months long investigation into illegal drug activity in the Clemson, South Carolina area has resulted in 16 people being charged, Fox Carolina News reported April 25.

According to Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark, the drug investigation dubbed "Operation 'Spring Tiger'" began back in January. Undercover officers penetrated the southern Clemson community, where they immersed themselves into the world of illegal drugs.

In addition to Pickens County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Oconee County Sheriff's Office, Clemson University Police Department, Clemson City Police Department and The Greenville County Sheriff's Office also participated in Operation Spring Tiger. Warrants were served on April 24.

The investigation has paid off, with 12 already under arrest and four others who will be charged when located. Forty two of 47 charges fall under drug felonies.

Six of the suspects arrested are students at Clemson University. It's not known at this time what discipline those students will face. Those arrested for distribution of marijuana are

Students
*Gregory Neil Ford
*Dakota William Sligh
*Klaris Calton Norwood, Jr.
*Derrick William Castles
*Justin Edward Hall
*Jason Yamil Reyes

Non students, arrested for distributing marijuana, distribution of ecstasy, Xanax and LSD.
*Dustin Lee Hoope
*Montana Caroline Morgan
*Alexander Dean Pike
*Alex Nicholas Rankin
*Salisa Irene Broughton
*Michael Richard Cotton
*Joshua Collier Brunch
*Niesha D. Webb (still at large)
*Kayla Rae Erickson (still at large)
*Evan Matthew Roisum (still at large)

While hard drugs, including meth and cocaine aren't a big problem at Clemson, marijuana and prescription drug use has increased. Sheriff Clark would like to warn the community that these drugs are more dangerous and addictive than they used to be.

Officials for Clemson University says Clemson ranks as within the norm, or slightly lower than drug use in students at other universities. Southern Clemson, and not the University itself, was the primary focus of the investigation.

In an interview with WYFF4 News, George Clay stated

“We know that marijuana is the drug of choice after alcohol. Sixteen percent of Clemson students use marijuana. That compares to 18 percent nationally, so we're slightly below that national average."

The Office of Community and Ethical Standards will determine what action will be taken against the students arrested in the bust.

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