Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

An Upstate restaurant served as a regional hub through which cocaine and methamphetamine were allegedly trafficked to other states, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.Wilson announced Wednesday that the South Carolina Grand Jury has issued indictments in a drug trafficking case known as “Los Banditos. ” (Watch full news conference about the case above) The indictments currently unsealed in the investigation collectively contain 124 charges against 34 defendants, according to a release from Wilson’s office. The investigation alleges much of the drug trafficking was run and facilitated by the owners of the Los Primos restaurant located in Greenville.The drugs were allegedly trafficked throughout the State of South Carolina, but mostly in the Upstate, the indictments say. According to the news release, many of the drugs were allegedly trafficked right out of the restaurant, while more were allegedly trafficked out of taco trucks owned by the owners of the restaurant. This restaurant would eventually serve as a regional hub through which cocaine and methamphetamine were allegedly trafficked to other states, the release said. It said the investigation revealed alleged connections to Mexican drug trafficking cartels operating in South Carolina and Georgia.To date, the Los Banditos investigation has seized in South Carolina almost 11 kilograms of methamphetamine, 584 grams of cocaine, approximately $ 63,000 in cash, and over 20 firearms.The release said the investigation has revealed the conspiracy has historically accounted for over 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine, 100 kilograms of cocaine, and 2 kilograms of heroin trafficked throughout the State of South Carolina. Additionally, the release said information gathered in the Los Banditos State Grand Jury investigation led to seizure by Georgia and federal authorities from several apartments and stash houses in Atlanta of approximately 200 kilos of methamphetamine, 3.5 kilos of cocaine, 3.2 kilos of heroin, 5 ounces of cocaine mixed with fentanyl, 183 pounds of marijuana, 900 Xanax pills, and multiple firearms. A substantial portion of those seized drugs was allegedly intended for South Carolina, it said. Bond hearings for some of the defendants occurred on Monday before the Honorable Alison Renee Lee in her virtual courtroom. “The Attorney General’s Office and SLED are committed to fighting the corrosive effect drug trafficking has on our communities,” Wilson said. “This investigation is yet another example of aggressive use by the State Grand Jury and investigative techniques to combat gangs and drug trafficking. Just as importantly, it is a further example of our use of the State Grand Jury to partner state prosecutorial and law enforcement resources with county, local, and federal agencies, ”he added. “The cooperation with our Upstate partners – both local and federal – was particularly successful in this case, and this Office looks forward to continuing to synch its efforts with the hard work and expertise of all the agencies involved.” Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins stated : “This was a very large-scale organized drug operation that was allegedly trafficking kilograms of drugs every week into Greenville County. The hard work and dedication of the Greenville Drug Enforcement Unit, SLED, and the South Carolina State Grand Jury has significantly decreased the availability of drugs in the Greenville Community and arrested some of its worst drug dealers. While this organization has ties from Mexico to numerous cities in the United States, its drug trafficking efforts and locations in Greenville County were continuing to pump poison directly into our communities. This is a great win for the citizens of Greenville County and these numerous arrests will have an immediate and direct impact upon the citizens of Greenville County and neighboring Counties. “The cases will be prosecuted by the State Grand Jury Section of the Attorney General’s Office and the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

An Upstate restaurant served as a regional hub through which cocaine and methamphetamine were allegedly trafficked to other states, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Wilson announced Wednesday that the South Carolina Grand Jury has issued indictments in a drug trafficking case known as “Los Banditos.”

(Watch full news conference about the case above)

The indictments currently unsealed in the investigation collectively contain 124 charges against 34 defendants, according to a release from Wilson’s office.

The investigation alleges much of the drug trafficking was run and facilitated by the owners of the Los Primos restaurant located in Greenville.

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The drugs were allegedly trafficked throughout the State of South Carolina, but mostly in the Upstate, the indictments say.

According to the news release, many of the drugs were allegedly trafficked right out of the restaurant, while more were allegedly trafficked out of taco trucks owned by the owners of the restaurant.

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Los Primos food truck

This restaurant would eventually serve as a regional hub through which cocaine and methamphetamine were allegedly trafficked to other states, the release said.

It said the investigation revealed alleged connections to Mexican drug trafficking cartels operating in South Carolina and Georgia.

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To date, the Los Banditos investigation has seized in South Carolina almost 11 kilograms of methamphetamine, 584 grams of cocaine, approximately $ 63,000 in cash, and over 20 firearms.

The release said the investigation has revealed the conspiracy has historically accounted for over 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine, 100 kilograms of cocaine, and 2 kilograms of heroin trafficked throughout the State of South Carolina.

Additionally, the release said information gathered in the Los Banditos State Grand Jury investigation led to seizure by Georgia and federal authorities from several apartments and stash houses in Atlanta of approximately 200 kilos of methamphetamine, 3.5 kilos of cocaine, 3.2 kilos of heroin, 5 ounces of cocaine mixed with fentanyl, 183 pounds of marijuana, 900 Xanax pills, and multiple firearms.

A substantial portion of those seized drugs was allegedly intended for South Carolina, it said.

Bond hearings for some of the defendants occurred on Monday before the Honorable Alison Renee Lee in her virtual courtroom.

“The Attorney General’s Office and SLED are committed to fighting the corrosive effect drug trafficking has on our communities,” Wilson said. “This investigation is yet another example of aggressive use by the State Grand Jury and investigative techniques to combat gangs and drug trafficking. Just as importantly, it is a further example of our use of the State Grand Jury to partner state prosecutorial and law enforcement resources with county, local, and federal agencies, ”he added. “The cooperation with our Upstate partners – both local and federal – was particularly successful in this case, and this Office looks forward to continuing to synch its efforts with the hard work and expertise of all the agencies involved.”

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins stated: “This was a very large-scale organized drug operation that was allegedly trafficking kilograms of drugs every week into Greenville County. The hard work and dedication of the Greenville Drug Enforcement Unit, SLED, and the South Carolina State Grand Jury has significantly decreased the availability of drugs in the Greenville Community and arrested some of its worst drug dealers. While this organization has ties from Mexico to numerous cities in the United States, its drug trafficking efforts and locations in Greenville County were continuing to pump poison directly into our communities. This is a great win for the citizens of Greenville County and these numerous arrests will have an immediate and direct impact upon the citizens of Greenville County and neighboring Counties. “

The cases will be prosecuted by the State Grand Jury Section of the Attorney General’s Office and the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

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