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Santee men face drug, weapons charges
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Santee men face drug, weapons charges


Two Santee men are facing multiple drug and weapons charges after Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators patrolled an area on Sunday, according to an incident report.

Keyon Jomell Council of 209 Cecilia Street is facing the charges of possession of with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Council will turn 32 on Thursday.

Holden Purette Witherspoon, 32, of 118 Hollis Road, is facing the following charges: possession of a stolen pistol, possession of oxycodone and possession of heroin.

Both men are also facing the charge of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony.

An incident report states that deputies patrolled the 200 block of Cecelia Street at 6:25 p.m. and saw several individuals standing near the roadway.

Deputies said they noticed a handgun on the floorboard of a grey Honda Accord.

Moments later, deputies reported finding two additional handguns and illegal drugs.

Both incident reports and warrants allege that Council, the driver, claimed possession of 4.1 grams of marijuana, 6.82 grams of cocaine, a loaded 9 mm Taurus handgun and a black .380-caliber TCP handgun.

Deputies discovered both handguns on the driver’s side floorboard, according to the incident report.

Witherspoon allegedly claimed possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun, 68 oxycodone pills and three bags of heroin, warrants and incident reports say. The handgun was reported stolen in Orangeburg County.

Witherspoon and Council appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Meree Williamson on Monday afternoon.

Council posted his $25,000 bond and has since been released.

Witherspoon has not yet posted his $35,000 bond.

This past May 30, Council pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a pistol. He is currently on supervised probation which is set to end on Nov. 29.

This was Witherspoon’s second visit the Orangeburg County Detention Center in a week.

At the time of his arrest on Sunday, he was out on bail after the Santee Police Department charged him on Aug. 14 with reckless driving, first-offense uninsured motor vehicle fee violation, operating an unregistered vehicle, first-offense driving under suspension, open container of beer or wine, fleeing from officer and receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less.

Sheriff’s Office Maj. Rene Williams said the arrests and recovery of drugs and firearms are results of a collaborative effort of the sheriff’s office community service unit, criminal investigation division, narcotics division and special operations.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.


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