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Seven arrested in drug, money laundering sweep

One suspect is still being sought after a roundup of suspects in a drug and money laundering ring on Tuesday.

The Eastern District U.S. District Attorney’s Office said the arrests included men and women from Tabor City, Loris, Whiteville and Myrtle Beach. The arrestees included:

  • Justin “Longbird” Lee Myers, 33 of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Cortney “C-Note” Lemar Phillips, 30 of Loris, S.C.
  • William “Do-Dah”Cedric Gore, 35 Tabor City,
  • Bobby “Bah Bah” Jermaine Kinlaw, 28 of Tabor City,
  • Craig Eugene Ritter, 28 of Tabor City,
  • Darriel Scott, 53 of Tabor City,
  • Jennifer Colorado Wells, 38 of Loris, S.C.
  • Teeya Reeves Scheer, 42 of Whiteville.


The suspects were involved in a drug sales operation near Tabor City, according to officials. The arrests came after a federal indictment on the charges.

Myers, Phillips, Gore, Kinlaw, Ritter, Scott, and Wells were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine, heroin, a fentanyl, and marijuana. Additionally, Myers and Scheer are charged with five counts of money laundering. The suspects were taken into custody in Columbus County and in Raleigh.

Cortney Phillips is still sought by law enforcement, according to the release.

The investigation was led by the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force and included the Wilmington and Myrtle Beach FBI offices; Internal Revenue Service; Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Columbus county Sheriff’s Office.

Special U.S. Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Zellinger of Raleigh is assigned to prosecute the case.

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