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

James Edward Benton

(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 today, 23 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: 


· James Edward Benton

47 years old

Glenn Ferry Road

Fair Play, SC

Distribution of Methamphetamine - 1 count

Benton was transported from the Anderson County Detention Center to the Oconee County Detention Center today and booked into jail at around 12:47pm today.  Benton was also served with a Magistrates Bench Warrant.  At this time, Benton remains in jail pending a bond hearing.  A hold has been placed on Benton by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. 

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

S. Depot Street

Seneca, SC

Distribution in Methamphetamine – 1 count


· Jonathan Nolan Lee Ivester

24 years old

Brock Road

Westminster, SC

Distribution of Methamphetamine – 1 count


· Kevin Ray Foster

43 years old

Red Hollow Road

Martin, GA

Distribution of Heroin – 1 count


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