Mauldin Drug Op Dismantled

Two Arrested for Trafficking in Heroin

Stacie Bartro
July 09, 2020 - 11:22 am
Heroin seized at Simponville residence in Mauldin drug operation

Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit

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A nine month investigation leads to the dismantling of a drug operation in the city of Mauldin...

The Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 45 year old Defavry Gantt and 19 year old Todd Michael Smith after a search warrant was placed on Gantt's residence on Minots Ledge Lane in Simpsonville Wednesday. 

Both were arrested for trafficking in heroin. 

Todd Michael Smith charged with TRAFFICKING HEROIN/MORPHINE 28G OR MORE
Greenville County Detention Center

(Todd Michael Smith arrest photo shown.  Defavry Gantt arrest photo unavailable at time of post)

Investigators found over 5 ounces of heroin and a large sum of money as well as a homemade drug press and several pounds of binding agents at the Simpsonville address. 

DEU Commander Bart McEntire said in a press release, the "seizure alone, at a minimum, prevented 700 uses of the drug from ever being ingested..."

Drug Op dismantled in Mauldin, drugs seized in Simpsonville.  Top L-R: heroin, pill press.  Bottom L-R: money, heroin
Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit

 

Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit official press release below:

"Bart McEntire, the Commander of the Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) announces a nine-month investigation that leads to the dismantling of a heroin/fentanyl trafficking supplier operating in the City of Mauldin.    
 
DEU investigators opened an investigation on Defavry Gantt, age 45, after learning he continued to operate a drug distribution ring after being release on bond for an earlier Trafficking in Heroin charge from May 2019.  During the 9-month long investigation, DEU investigators observed Gantt meeting with individuals and conducting hand-to-hand transactions of drugs.  

Investigators were able to secure a search warrant for the residence of Gantt, located at 16 Minots Ledge Lane, Simpsonville, SC.  

On Thursday, July 8, 2020, DEU investigators served the search warrant on Gantt’s residence resulting in the finding of over 5 ounces of heroin and a large sum of U.S. currency as well as a homemade drug press and several pounds of binding agents.    
 
 Mauldin Police Chief Bryan Turner stated “The purpose of the creation of the DEU is to address the proliferation of dangerous drugs in our communities.  

This recent example demonstrates the effectiveness of the unit.  

The Mauldin Police Department assigned an officer to the unit to join forces and combat the scourge and destruction of drug sales especially those effecting the Mauldin community.  

Removing a major heroin trafficker from the community will have an effect on the availability of heroin in my community.  

I take it personally every time my officers must respond to an overdose victim from these drugs and today’s actions will have an impact.” 
 
Commander Bart McEntire, Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, added “Today’s arrests are a continuation of the vigilance and commitment investigators assigned to the DEU have for protecting our communities.  

DEU continues to aggressively identify and dismantle drug organizations who supply very dangerous drugs to our communities resulting in the proliferation of overdoses throughout Greenville County.  

Again, we find another major trafficker not only dealing drugs but utilizing a homemade pill press to combine heroin and other mixtures to press fentanyl and heroin combinations for sale to drug users.

This newest press found now brings us to eight drug presses since the first of the year being used to create deadly mixtures of drugs that have an unknown potency level leading to overdoses.”   
 
“5 ounces of fentanyl/heroin is a significant seizures.  This seizure alone, at a minimum, prevented 700 uses of the drug from ever being ingested by persons addicted to these deadly combinations” McEntire confirmed. 
 
Arrested today for Trafficking in Heroin were: 
 
Defavry Gantt, Age 45   Todd Michael Smith, Age 19" 

 

 

 

 

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