Pine Grove/Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – Two Lexington County residents were taken into custody by federal agents after an investigation into their possible participation into drug activity Monday. Agents from the US Marshall Service and the DEA arrested David and Jennifer Mozingo as a part of an investigation into their recent activities.
According to a source close to the investigation, the Mozingos were arrested at their Lexington County home in the Lake Frances area early Monday. After searching the home, agents moved to their business, SinWorx Custom Cycles, LLC, on Old Barnwell Road. There, agents spent much of the day searching and documenting what they found.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s website did show that Jennifer Mozingo was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center sometime Monday on a hold for the US Marshal’s. Both of the Mozingos have now been moved to another undisclosed holding facility. The Federal Government has contracts with jails across the country to hold suspects they have arrested. We tried several in South Carolina and one in Georgia that a former marshal said they used frequently but were unable to locate them through their inmate search web features.
Jennifer Mozingo’s Facebook page shows a family that by all accounts was outwardly wholesome. There are recent photos on the page of the parents and what appears to be at several children on a cruise. Many of the comments on their businesses’ Facebook are stellar with people praising them for their good work.
A web search indicates that David Mozingo was a talented custom motorcycle fabricator. He was well known in the area for his ability to build beautiful custom bikes. Prior to opening his own business, he worked for another award-winning custom bike builder in the same general area. Mozingo’s businesses’ social media page shows that they displayed motorcycles at many of the major biker rallies across the nation. Their business website has been shut down and a short message indicates that they are no longer in operation. It directs interested parties to another company’s website to check on motorcycles.
The Lexington Ledger began receiving calls early Monday about the officers at the business near the intersection of Old Barnwell and Shireway Roads. Readers described a yard full of unmarked vehicles including sedans and pickups. Callers said that agents were in and out of the building until early into the evening. It took almost 24-hours for us to unravel what was happening because of the secrecy that the federal agents rely on. We were eventually able to obtain information from other law enforcement officers confirming our details. There is still information we are trying to gain through other channels.
The DEA has not released any information regarding this action. According to sources we spoke with, they are normally very tight-lipped about their investigations. This is standard procedure to protect their sources and to help them follow the flow of narcotics up the supply chain if possible. We have been informed by a former marshal that the DEA can legally operate in secrecy because of the sensitive nature of their operations.
We have requested more information from several federal agencies. We will update this story if and when we are provided more information. As always, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Photo: Jennifer Mozingo's Facebook