Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Lexington County Drug Parcel Interdiction Enforcement

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): SC

Jurisdiction(s): Lexington County

Grantee Agency: South Carolina Department of Public Safety
Subgrantee Agency: Lexington County Sheriff's Department

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2012/$110,927; FY 2013/$73,266

About the Program:

Lexington County is a major location for private shipping companies, freight carriers, and the U.S. Post Office. Drug trafficking organizations use these agencies to ship illicit narcotics and currency to the "demand" areas of the country. In response to this issue, Lexington County was subawarded a Drug Parcel Interdiction Enforcement grant to aggressively investigate and eliminate drug parcel shipments in Lexington County. Since the implementation of this program in FY 2012, the investigator has spent 100% of his time on surveillance of known violators, computer research of shipments, visually inspecting the exterior of parcels, and also interacting with other agencies to target and prosecute major violators.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

The dedicated drug parcel interdiction investigator conducts daily inspections at all shipping locations, intercepting illegal drugs and money. In addition, the investigator completes search warrants on suspicious parcels and freight, and routinely conducts controlled deliveries of the narcotics to drug trafficking organizations awaiting the arrival of the narcotics. The drug parcel interdiction investigator works with the DEA, ATF, ICE, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Secret Service, U.S. Postal Service, and the law enforcement agencies in South Carolina within the jurisdictions where packages are being delivered. Over 90% of the parcels that arrive at the warehouses and at the freight lines located in Lexington County most often need to cross county lines to arrive at their final destination. Therefore, critical information is disseminated immediately and general intelligence information is shared. In FY 2013, the parcel unit seized over one ton of marijuana, which is an increase from the 650 lbs. seized in the FY 2012 grant period. A total of $98,248 in drug-related currency was seized during FY 2013, which reflects an increase from the $38,787 seized in FY 2012. Other drugs removed from the streets as a result of this program include cocaine, crack, opiates, hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants. One hundred six arrests were made during FY 2013 which included trafficking, manufacturing, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute. The Drug Parcel Interdiction Enforcement grant has proven its success since its inception in FY 2012, and continues to combat the shipping of illicit drugs into and out of Lexington County.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Nandalyn Heaitley
Grants Administrator
Lexington County Sheriff's Department
Email: nheaitley@lcsd.sc.gov
Phone: 803-785-2405

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