Tip to Local Anti-Drug Organization DAMMADD Leads to Arrest of South Carolina Couple Suspected of Running Illegal Drug Lab in Their Home
DAMMADD Tip Line Proves to Be a Success in South Carolina
PELION, S.C., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A tip provided to the Dads and Mad Moms Against Drug Dealers (DAMMADD) website led to the arrest of a local married couple suspected of running a drug lab in their Pelion area home. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department arrested David Russell Hamilton and Deborah L. Hamilton on August 24, 2004 on charges of drug trafficking and unlawful conduct towards their children, who were living in the residence where the lab and chemicals were present. According to the arrest warrant, a search of the couple's Pelion home led to the discovery of a crank lab that had greater than 400 grams of substance that was in production. The investigation was sparked after an anonymous tip came into DAMMADD, an internet-based program that is directly accessible through the South Carolina Sheriff's Association's website (http://www.sheriffsc.com) or the DAMMADD website (http://www.dammadd.org). South Carolina is the first state to partner with DAMMADD through a state law enforcement association. DAMMADD's mission is to assist law enforcement by providing them with tips about illegal drug trafficking activity. "This latest arrest demonstrates that the DAMMADD program is already working in South Carolina," said DAMMADD Founder & President Steven Steiner. "The South Carolina DAMMADD team is thankful to all those who continue to provide us with tips. This outcome is an example of how one small tip can really make a difference in fighting drug dealers." The South Carolina Sheriff's Department partnered up with DAMMADD in June 2004 to help fight drug crime in the state. The organization currently operates in 31 states with over 225 law enforcement partners. The tip line program gives the public a way to report drug crimes in their community without retribution, and it pays rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in drug trafficking. "It is important for the public to know that tips are accepted at every level -- from information about a drug kingpin to the street corner dealer. DAMMADD was set up to provide a secure channel for citizens to give tips to law enforcement while remaining anonymous," said Jack Nunn, former Director of Team South Carolina, who got involved with DAMMADD in June 2002, after he lost his own son to a drug dealer. The organization recently received a $50,000 grant from The Purdue Pharma Fund of Stamford, Connecticut to help expand its programs into Mississippi and South Carolina. Already, results are being seen in both states. In June, Mississippi authorities arrested a 36-year-old Ocean Springs woman who was charged with possession with intent to sell more than two grams of cocaine after a tip to the DAMMADD website sparked an investigation by the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force. Since its inception, DAMMADD has provided law enforcement with over 1553 tips, resulting in 50 arrests and 31 convictions in states including Georgia, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and now South Carolina. DAMMADD (Dads and Mad Moms Against Drug Dealers) is a grass-roots organization dedicated to helping fight drug dealers. The organization partners with other anti-drug abuse organizations throughout the U.S. in the fight against the illegal drug trade and works nationwide to promote drug free schools. Additional information about DAMMADD can be found at http://www.DAMMADD.org
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