State Grand Jury Issues Indictment Alleging Trafficking of Counterfeit Pills Containing Heroin and Fentanyl

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 30, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued an indictment of three people alleging their participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving heroin and fentanyl. 


Benjamin Jamal Johnson, a/k/a Slim, 31, of Batesburg; Shiv Balvant Tailor, 21, of Lexington; and Savannah Lynn Stroud, 20, of Lexington, were all charged with Trafficking Heroin 14-28 grams (Conspiracy).  Specifically, the indictment alleged the “defendants conspired to deal counterfeit ‘Roxies’ consisting of a mixture containing heroin and other substances, including in some instances fentanyl”. 


The case was investigated by the South Carolina State Grand Jury with a partnership of the Attorney General’s State Grand Jury Section, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Columbia Police Department. The cases will be prosecuted by State Grand Jury Section Chief S. Creighton Waters and Senior Assistant Attorney General Joshua Underwood. 


Bond hearings for the defendants are scheduled for today at 12:30 p.m. at the Richland County Courthouse before Judge Benjamin.


Attorney General Wilson stressed that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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