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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Additional Arrest in the Second Drug Round-Up of 2023

Tavis Demond Barnette

(Walhalla, SC)---------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is announcing today an additional arrest in the second drug round-up of 2023. 


     The Sheriff’s Office began the operation with a meeting and briefing at 8:30am on Thursday morning, September 28th, 2023 at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla. 


    The Sheriff’s Office obtained arrest warrants on 26 subjects.  The arrest warrants were obtained based on controlled purchases of narcotics by undercover operatives working at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.  Among the narcotics purchased during the controlled buys were Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Fentanyl, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Prescription Medication.    


     As of 12:00pm today, 19 subjects had been arrested so far and/or were already in jail and will or have been served their warrants.  Here is the name of the latest individual arrested: 


· Tavis Demond Barnette

42 years old

Greenville, SC

Distribution of Fentanyl – 1 count

Distribution of Heroin – 1 count

Barnette was transported from Jasper County to the Oconee County Detention Center Wednesday and booked into jail around 8:51pm yesterday.  At this time, Barnette remains in jail.  Barnette was given a combined $75,000 surety bond on the Sheriff’s Office charges.  Barnette will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device, as a condition of bond, should he be released from jail.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating the remainder of those who are wanted in our ongoing round-up.  Anyone with any information can leave a tip with Crimestoppers online at  You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crimestoppers and all information provided is confidential.  If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.  The names of the remaining suspects are as follows:


· Daniel Jerome Watson

39 years old

Seneca, SC

Distribution in Methamphetamine – 1 count


· Andrea Martin

51 years old

Anderson, SC

Distribution of Cocaine – 2 counts


· Monica Marie Swafford

46 years old

Westminster, SC

Distribution of Heroin – 2 counts


· Jonathan Nolan Lee Ivester

24 years old

Westminster, SC/Jefferson, GA

Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count


· Scarlet Ann Jones

36 years old

Westminster, SC

Distribution of Heroin – 1 count


· Kevin Ray Foster

43 years old

Martin, GA

Distribution of Heroin – 1 count



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