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Edisto River Float Operation successful

Dept. of Natural Resources officials patrol Edisto River. Photo by Jim Tatum, Summerville Journal Scene

On Saturday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the 14th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team, and the Cottageville Police Department, conducted an operation on the Edisto River between Givhans State Park and Jellico’s Landing between Colleton and Dorchester Counties.

The following information addresses the operation’s objectives:

Objectives for operational period:

Zero tolerance enforcement on:

  • Ø  Underage drinking enforcement utilizing the alcohol enforcement team
  • Ø  Trespassing violations on posted/property watch properties
  • Ø  Public disorderly conduct
  • Ø  Local alcohol ordinances
  • Ø  Traffic violations
  • Ø  Drug violations
  • Ø  Any other criminal act
For the past several years, the Edisto River has become inundated with ever increasing large groups of persons “rafting” between Givhans State Park and Jellico’s landing. The associated problem accompanying these groups range from traffic violations, trespassing, assaults, drunk and disorderly conduct, drug activity, indecent exposure and other violations. In an effort to curtail and discourage the illegal activities, the purpose of this operation is to:  

  • Provide for the safety and security of all persons along the Edisto river corridor and affected roadways, as well as provide for the peace and well being of the landowners affected by the large crowds now traversing the river on a daily basis.
  • Address citizen complaints generated from these groups

Strictly enforce all local laws and ordinances associated with these events  

In addition to the statistics released by Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office made one arrest for underage drinking and littering.  In addition to the arrest, fourteen citations were also written for minors in possession of alcohol and three citations were issued for littering.  One warrant was also served for a failure to appear in court charge in reference to a DUS and the subject was apprehended and incarcerated.

Approximately 15 deputies participated in the operation throughout the day. 

Hopefully, this weekend’s activity will demonstrate the concern local law enforcement has for illegal activities while on the river. Many citizens have expressed their appreciation for the law enforcement presence and helping to make recreational activities on Edisto River a safe and pleasurable one.

George A. Malone, Sheriff
Colleton County, SC