Law enforcement officials say a year-long federal and South Carolina drug investigation resulted in 18 arrests, with more to come. The State Law Enforcement Division and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday announced the results of Operation Black Poppy. They say it shut down the work of a multi-million dollar Mexican heroin operation that worked out of the Midlands, Horry-Georgetown and Charleston Counties.
SLED Agent Roger Heaton led the investigation. He said it was one of the largest drug busts in state history:
It’s absolutely the biggest Hispanic heroin/drug distribution network that we’ve ever seen. What we’re starting to see come across from Mexico is heroin, methamphetamine, tons – not pounds, tons – of marijuana are coming across the borders. But, it’s also the major importer for cocaine.
SLED says the bust netted nearly 30 kilograms of heroin, worth about $5.5 million.