Errata: Kershaw Not In Kershaw Anymore

Last week, one of the "corrupt cops" stories we reported on was from Kershaw County, South Carolina, or so we thought:

In Lancaster, South Carolina, a Kershaw County prison guard was charged with taking what he thought was Ecstasy from undercover agents to sneak into the prison, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division announced in a July 12 press release. Joseph Sanders, 29, was arrested the night before and charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to possess and distribute controlled substances and attempting to furnish contraband to a prisoner. According to the arrest warrant, Sanders took the fake drug from the SLED narc with the intention of smuggling it into the prison.

A local journalist who saw our article on Google News set the record straight for us. It turns out that while the suspect is from Lancaster -- which is part of Lancaster County -- Kershaw Correctional Institute where he works (and which is in Kershaw) is also part of Lancaster County, hence he was a Lancaster County prison guard, not a Kershaw County prison guard as we misidentified him. The arrest, however, took place in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Camden -- part of Kershaw County -- Kershaw itself used to be part of Kershaw County, but removed itself from it decades ago and is now part of Lancaster County.

Drug War Chronicle regrets the error -- but hopes we'll get some slack on this one. The original story -- correct, we think -- can be found here.

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