10 suspects in multi-state Operation Gunsmoke anti-gang crackdown to appear in court

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

COLUMBIA, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Ten of the 26 people indicted by the federal government in a multi-state gang crackdown will appear in South Carolina federal court Wednesday.

Operation Gunsmoke netted these 10 South Carolina-based people, all hit with various drug and weapons charges that also ensnared 16 others in South Carolina and Georgia.

The following 10 will sit before a federal judge on Wednesday:


  • Heather Collins

  • Cornelious F. McKie

  • Reihn Dracon Jennings

  • Christopher Johnson

  • Kevin D. Sheppard

  • Jerome Morris Simmons

  • Keith Williams

  • Charlie Edward Carter

  • Ray Hampton Baughman

  • Xavier Mathaney

In all, 156 state, local, and federal agents worked on Operation Gunsmoke to gather those 26 suspects.