JONESVILLE — Two Jonesville men are facing drug charges with one of them also facing a weapons charge following an investigation by the Narcotics Divisions of the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
In a statement released this afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced the arrest of Alex “Dune” Kershaw, Jr., 42, 159 Foster Chapel Road, Jonesville, and Darryl Smith, 50, 181 Robinson Farm Road, Jonesville. He said that Kershaw is charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine while Smith is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Taylor said the arrests of Kershaw and Smith grew out of an investigation that began earlier this month when narcotics officers purchased a quantity of methamphetamine from Kershaw. He said the two ounces of methamphetamine purchased in the July 5 buy had a street value of $1,600.
Investigators arranged to make another buy from Kershaw on July 15, this time purchasing an ounce of methamphetamine. Taylor said the purchase took place at Smith’s residence at 181 Robinson Farm Road as did the first purchase on July 5.
On July 18, Lt. John Sherfield obtain a search warrant for Kershaw’s residence at 159 Foster Chapel Road and at Smith’s residence at 181 Robinson Farm Road. Taylor said that at approximately 4:15 p.m. that day Sherfield was notified by Spartanburg County narcotics officers that they had just taken Kershaw into custody after purchasing approximately two ounces of methamphetamine from him at a location in Spartanburg.
Two separate groups of deputies then simultaneously searched Kershaw’s and Smith’s residences. Taylor said the search of Kershaw’s home turned up no drugs, but the search of Smith’s house turned up a quantity of marijuana and six weapons, all of which were seized. He said that as a convicted felon Smith cannot legally possess firearms.
Taylor said that the arrests of Kershaw and Smith are the result of the close cooperation that has existed between his office and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade. He said the collaborative effort has been a successful one in dealing with the drug problems in both counties and that he expects this to continue into the future with even more success.
“We’ve been working together on narcotics for the past eight years and it has lead us deep into the drug organizations and you can expect more arrests of this nature,” Taylor said.
This story courtesy of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.