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Springdale PD arrest 15 on various charges during weekend sting

Springdale, SC (Paul Kirby) The Springdale Police department conducted a special operation over the weekend which led to the arrest of 15 people in specific hot-spots over the weekend. Police Chief Kevin Cornett announced the success of the operation over social media. In that release, Cornett said that the department had targeted prostitution, and other illegal activities at specific locations within the town.

Cornett’s department closely tracks the instances of crime within the town, and makes most of the statistics available to the town’s leaders and residents at monthly council sessions. After seeing an increase in criminal activities at certain locations within the town of Springdale, the department conducted a prostitution sting this weekend. Cornett’s releases said that during the operation, several people were arrested for prostitution related charges, narcotics related charges, and a gun charge. Some of the individuals that were arrested even attempted to trade for the services of prostitutes using illegal narcotics as barter.

Charges from the weekend operation include attempting to engage in prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, unlawful carrying of a firearm, distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of marijuana, distribution of schedule 2 narcotics, distribution of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of schedule 2 narcotic, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and giving false information to police. One individual also had outstanding warrants from another agency.

"We do operations like this to accomplish a few goals," Chief Cornett said. "First, we do this because there are people being forced to participate in prostitution when they truly don't want to. We want to find those people who are being victimized, and we want to help them get out of that situation for good. Second, it is obvious through the gun and drug charges that were made this weekend that there are other dangers associated with prostitution; and third, we want people seeking to become involved in criminal activity to think twice when they are looking at Springdale, because you may be making a deal that will land you behind bars."

Cornett’s release reminded the public that all of the individuals charged are innocent until proven guilty.

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