Chesterfield Sheriff uses inmates to help during weapons raid

PAGELAND, SC (WBTW) – The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is reviewing a letter that claims Chesterfield County deputies possibly used inmates to help during a bust where more than 7,000 guns were seized.

Mark Powell with the SC Attorney General’s Office confirms a letter was received from Sheila Gillespie, administrator of the Chesterfield County Detention Center, concerning a gun bust in Pageland in October.
Spokesperson for Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says inmates only assisted with the heavy lifting of deer cameras, ammunition and farm equipment. All 7,000 guns were loaded onto a tractor trailer before the six inmates were brought in to help, adds a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

The more than 100 officers closely monitored the six inmates helping at the scene, and each inmate was searched before leaving the detention center to begin work and immediately after returning to the jail, the spokesperson states. The help of the inmates was to relieve the officers at the scene who had been working for two days straight to seize and log all the evidence.

News13 has reached out to many town and county officials regarding the letter, but we have not received a call back. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is not investigating this matter.

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