Lacra S. Jenkins joined the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in 2001, rising through the ranks to become head of the road patrol division.
In 2014, Jenkins was named the 40 and 8 Palmetto Grande Voiture’s 2014 South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The 40 and 8 is a national organization dedicated to upholding the U.S. Constitution.
At the time, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said, “Capt. Lacra Jenkins is an asset to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. As a leader of the largest division of the Sheriff’s Office, Jenkins creatively motivates and encourages his staff while being a visible and involved member of the community.”
But a year later, the sheriff fired Jenkins as the State Law Enforcement Division investigated allegations against him.
In October 2016, Jenkins was hired by the Springfield Police Department. He later became interim chief.
SLED charged him in June 2017 with misconduct in office. He was accused of withholding money from his fellow deputies when they performed off-duty assignments.
In August 2017, Springfield Mayor Ed Furtick submitted paperwork to the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy noting Jenkins resigned in July “while under investigation.”
Jenkins’ attorney, Carl B. Grant, has said he successfully completed the pretrial intervention program. The program for first-time offenders requires them to attend classes, perform community service and stay out of trouble.
Once Jenkins completed the program, the underlying charges were dropped and his record was cleared.
Springfield rehired him as chief in June 2018. Two of the three town officers left in protest.
On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Jenkins was charged with conspiracy, visa fraud, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The S.C. Criminal Justice Academy provided the following information for the other Orangeburg County officers charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with a variety of crimes:
- Springfield Police Department Officer Allan Hunter Jr.: Hunter began working with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Officer in 2003 as a reserve deputy. He became an officer with the department in 2005.
In 2007, Hunter went on military leave.
Criminal Justice Academy documents indicate he was terminated from the sheriff’s office on Aug. 27, 2018. Paperwork indicates he was terminated “for violation of AGENCY policy NOT involving misconduct as defined in S.C. Reg. 37-025 (i.e., substandard performance, excessive absenteeism, sleeping on duty, etc.)”
He was hired by the Springfield Police Department on Nov. 12, 2018.
- Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carolyn Colter Franklin
Franklin started with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 as a reserve officer. In 2010, she became an officer.
- Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nathaniel Miller Shazier III: Shazier began working with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety in May 2016. The academy lists his rank as “student.”
In September 2016, he was hired by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office as a law enforcement officer. Paperwork submitted by the office contained the investigator’s comment: “Officer is of good character.”
He is an Army Reserve veteran who was honorably discharged.
- Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stanley Lavalle Timmons: Timmons was hired by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in April 2016.
He is an Army veteran who was honorably discharged
- Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Willie Paul David Rogers: Rogers began working with the Orangeburg County Detention Center in 2002. In 2007, he left the jail to join the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Photos of those indicted were not available via the U.S. Attorney's Office or other official sources.