Three Undercover Drug Deals

Laurens County Detention Center staff continued the booking process overnight for subjects arrested on drug charges. These include six charges on 30-year-old John Bailey Copeland of 113 Milling Street, Clinton. Clinton Public Safety has charged him with three counts, Distribution of Crack Cocaine and three counts, Distribution within Proximity of a Public Park.

In warrants, Sgt. Shane Prather states that Copeland sold a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working in an undercover capacity. He states one sale was made February 27th on Third Street, within a half mile of a public park on North Bell Street. Another crack cocaine sale to a confidential informant allegedly occurred April 19th at 122 Pine Street, within a half mile of another public park. Those warrants cite investigations by Detective Prather and Goggins.

Sgt. Prather also states that on May 30th Copeland sold a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working undercover on South Livingston Street in Clinton, within a half mile of a park. This was reportedly investigated by Detective Prather and Sgt. Metz.

During arraignment yesterday, bond was denied on all six charges. John Bailey Copeland remains in the Laurens County Detention Center.