Store employees charged for alleged wildlife offenses

by | May 17, 2016 12:18 pm

Last Updated: May 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Residents stopping in at Lane’s on S.C. 260 on Monday were greeted by locked doors after the state Department of Natural Resources arrested several individuals for alleged offenses against state laws pertaining to wildlife.
“The warrants are the result of an investigation that has been ongoing over the past year,” said Capt. Robert McCullough, a DNR spokesman. “The agency will now await a court date.”
Those charged include Toi Phan with two counts of purchase of unlawful alligator, five counts of purchase of venison and three counts of criminal conspiracy; Mingh Phan with two counts each of purchase of unlawful alligator and criminal conspiracy; Chi Phan with one count each of purchase of unlawful alligator and criminal conspiracy; and Joseph Miller with one count of purchase of venison and four counts of criminal conspiracy.
Citing an ongoing investigation, McCullough declined to provide any further information. He did say that DNR did not “close the store” itself after the arrests.
Toi Phan posed a $7,000 surety bond Tuesday morning to gain release from the Clarendon County Detention Center, while Joseph Miller post a $4,500 surety bond Tuesday as well. Chi Phan posted a $1,500 cash bond on Monday. No bond has yet been set for Mingh Phan.

comments » 9

  1. Comment by JBW

    May 17, 2016 at 13:55

    They arrest these people but we will allow men and women transgender in restrooms with our children in schools and public. This Country is off the deep end

  2. Comment by Keith ONeal

    May 17, 2016 at 14:01

    I don’t understand why they were arrested and the seller isn’t listed for arrest for selling the stuff ??? Sounds one sided or even maybe a set up ? !!! ???

  3. Comment by Brandon

    May 17, 2016 at 16:15

    @ JBW You are aware that DNR has nothing to do with the transgender bathroom issue we are having right?

  4. Comment by Heath

    May 17, 2016 at 16:25

    @JBW it’s happened forever why is it a point now. More concerned if a catholic priest is in there with a child hahahah.

  5. Comment by Margaret Drose Mabie

    May 17, 2016 at 18:39

    Never ever any questionable activities at Joe’sPlace!

  6. Comment by Spanky

    May 17, 2016 at 20:42

    Why are they arresting these people. Battens in Wedgefield has been doing it for years. They’ve never been arrested for it.

  7. Comment by Dennis Matherly

    May 17, 2016 at 23:08

    Battens in Wedgefield sells legal SC Certified Alligator meat produced by Claussen Alligator and Deer Processing a SCDA certified alligator processer.

  8. Comment by Suzanne Cooper

    May 18, 2016 at 01:09

    JBW, your issue is valid, but for another forum.
    KEITH ONEAL, my understanding is the seller is in Florence. Just my understanding, not fact, might be posted in that county’s local newspaper. Might be why investigation was on going for a year, to catch seller also. Again, just my understanding, not facts.

  9. Comment by Cathy

    May 19, 2016 at 04:11

    I think there was a rat in the house. Was the seller arrested and put in jail and name released? Not to my understanding… what is good for one should be good for the other.


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