In a joint investigation the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and Florence County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested seven people for dog fighting and baiting while at a residence on Nolton Lane in Moncks Corner just after 6 AM Saturday morning.
Willienn Darnell Peace, age 33, of Moncks Corner is charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting.Tyrone Washington, age 32, of Moncks Corner is charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting, and possession of Marijuana. Henry Gee, age 62, of Lynchburg charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting. Marion Johnson, age 29, of North Charleston is charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting. Robert Watkins, age 46, of Raleigh North Carolina is charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting. Jermaine Peace, age 36, of Court Goose Creek is charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting. Finally, Adrian Ingram, age 33, of Sumter is charged with Dog Fighting and Baiting.
The suspects are booked into The Hill-Fenklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner, and they will receive a bond hearing within 24 hours of their booking.
Deputies seized approximately $14,000.00, 19 dogs, six puppies, and one firearm from the suspects and property. Some of the dogs were found in the yard of a home on Nolton Lane. Others were hidden in the woods behind a home. Deputies said the dogs are in decent shape, but they need to be evaluated by animal control.
The penatlty for dog fighting for bystanders or first time offenders is six months in jail or a $500 fine. Those caught baiting dogs or contributing to dog fighting face up to five years in prison or a $5,000 fine.
Berkeley county is still investigating the ring and will turn over their evidence to the solicitor's office once they complete their investigation.