54 indicted in drug investigation

Officials say cell phone jamming needed in state prisons

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Authorities are calling for cellphone jamming to be used in state prisons after a multi-jurisdictional investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than $20 million in drugs and 54 people being indicted and accused of participating in a trafficking ring orchestrated in part by current and former inmates.

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark and other officials held a news conference Friday morning announcing the results of Operation Prison Empire, which included indictments on a total of 192 counts.

“The main charge is this particular case is a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine 400 grams or

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