Major Drug Operation in Upstate

In an operation named “Las Señoritas,” 43 individuals, allegedly connected to a Mexican cartel, were indicted on 170 charges pertaining to drug trafficking. The operation extended across several counties in South Carolina, including Pickens, Greenville, Laurens, Anderson, and Oconee. The South Carolina State Grand Jury led the investigation, receiving support from the S.C. Department of Corrections, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, and various local law enforcement agencies. This month, over a two-day period, a courtroom in Oconee was filled with state prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in the Las Senoritas methamphetamine trafficking case. Scott Sprouse of Walhalla, the resident circuit judge, presided over the proceedings, which involved pleas and motions and included attorneys from Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office. Peggy Self, the state grand jury’s clerk of court, was also present.