Three members of the Purp Gang were caught riding dirty Monday evening by NCPD. We have previously detailed the crimes of this gang of drug dealers.
Purp Gang members Dameon Lamar Thompson, Touvaruss Antrail Jones, aka “Varuss Lowballn“, and Keon Quadraius Bright, aka “NO Packin“, were all jailed after a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle driven by the Purp Gang members struck the vehicle of an innocent citizen near International Boulevard and Thompson and Jones fled on foot. They were rounded up shortly after. Bright stayed with the vehicle and got snatched up.
We first profiled Thompson and Bright in April of 2012. Jones and some fellow Purp Gang members got shot up while driving around Goose Creek in January of 2013. A week later we got to see Thompson looking like a scared little bitch when he drove past us while engaging NCPD in another car chase. He wrecked in that pursuit, too. We did a follow up post on Thompson in February of 2013.
Thompson has been very active since then. Let’s run through his history and once again highlight the issues in our bond courts. We guarantee you will be absolutely appalled.
Thompson is on the notoriously ineffective “high supervision” probation in Charleston County. You would think someone with that designation would have had a probation violation filed on him already, but no, it hasn’t happened.
2010 Charges (Charleston County) - these charges were rolled into a plea agreement with charges from 2011:
PWID Marijuana - Reduced to Possession of Narcotics by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge R. Markley Dennis to 22 days time served. As you can see, Thompson did not serve 22 days on this offense.
PWID Marijuana Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
2011 Charges (Charleston County) - These offenses were committed while Thompson was free on bond for the above offenses:
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge R. Markley Dennis to 2 years, suspended in favor of 18 months probation.
Resisting Arrest - Plead guilty. Sentenced to 22 days time served. Thompson actually did stay in jail for 22 days before making bond on this charge.
2012 Charges (Charleston County) - Charges still pending - free on bond:
Failure to Stop for Blue Lights - Pending - Free on a $50,000 bond.
2013 Charges (Dorchester County) - Charges pending - Free on bond:
Note: Total bond on these charges was originally set at $805,000 by Judge Samuel Coleman. Exactly two months later Judge Michael Nettles reduced the total bond to $25,000 and Thompson was released.
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Free on $5,000 bond.
Trafficking Crack Cocaine - Free on a $5,000 bond.
Possession of Narcotics (unknown substance) - Free on a $5,000 bond.
Unlawful Possession of a Pistol - Free on a $5,000 bond.
Possession of a Firearm During a Violent Crime - Free on a $5,000 bond.
While out on bonds totaling $75,000 on six charges in two counties, Thompson was arrested again in January 2014. He was charged with:
Trafficking Crack Cocaine - Free on a $75,000 bond.
Distribution of Crack Cocaine - Free on a $75,000 bond.
Trafficking Cocaine - Free on a $75,000 bond.
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Free on a $10,000 bond.
As we get to the charges of Thompson’s most recent arrest we discover he was free on bonds totaling $310,000 on eleven charges in two counties. Some of those charges are considered violent crimes as specified by South Carolina statutes. In spite of that information, Judge Linda Lombard chose to ignore Thompson’s pending charges and bond information and set ridiculously low bonds on this serial offender and drug dealer who puts the public at risk by repeatedly engaging in vehicle pursuits with the police.
So, we have to ask - why has no one in the offices of the 9th Circuit Solicitor or the 1st Circuit Solicitor even bothered file a motion for bond revocation prior to Thompson’s latest arrest? No effort whatsoever.
Thompson’s latest charges are:
PWID Marijuana - bond set at $25,000.
Assault & Battery 1st Degree - bond set at $25,000.
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - bond set at $25,000
Leaving the Scene of an Accident (personal injury involved) - bond set at $25,000.
We can’t wait for Thompson to get out on bond so he can run from the cops again. Maybe he will kill an innocent citizen and get some outrageous bond like $30,000 or something! Enjoy some shots of Thompson before we dig into his fellow Purp Gang members.
Next up is Touvarrus Antrail Jones. He is on “Intensive” probation in Charleston County. So far there has been no effort to file a probation violation on him for this latest arrest. We always thought a condition of probation, particularly “intensive” or “high supervision” probation, was a prohibition against hanging out with other convicted felons. Apparently no one at Probation and Parole bothers to check the Thugbook pages of these maggots.
Let’s see what his record looks like.
2010 Charges (Charleston County):
PWID Marijuana - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston to a YOA term not to exceed 1 - 5 years, suspended in favor of two years probation.
2011 Charges (Charleston County):
Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime - Dismissed due to lack of cooperation from the victim he shot at.
Attempted Murder - same as above.
2013 Charges (Charleston County):
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston to 3 years, suspended in favor of 2 years probation.
PWID Crack Cocaine - Reduced to Possession of Cocaine by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Same sentence as above.
Judge Hughston does not know the definition of stupid - doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. But, hey - at least he made Jones feel good when he walked out of the courtroom, right?
Even though he is on “intensive” probation, Jones was arrested on 8 August, 2014 on a charge of Possession of Crack Cocaine. He was released on 9 August on a $5,000 bond.
Two days later Jones was with his fellow Purp Gang members, running from police. We have already discussed the issue of convicted felons on probation hanging out with other convicted felons on probation. Now Jones is charged with PWID Marijuana and Judge Lombard set a $25,000 bond.
Keon Quadraius Bright is the only one of the three Purp Gang members not on probation. That’s probably because the 9th Circuit Solicitor has dismissed most of the charges he has accrued in the past few years.
2010 Charges (Charleston County):
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor who claimed they couldn’t prove Bright led police on a car chase. Really?
2011 Charges (Charleston County):
Distribution of Marijuana - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Distribution of Marijuana Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Even though there was an indictment, the 9th Circuit Solicitor dismissed this case rather quickly. This is usually indicative of a defendant working for the police and giving up other drug dealers.
Distribution of Marijuana - Dismissed at preliminary hearing, no reason given.
Distribution of Marijuana Near a School - Dismissed at preliminary hearing, no reason given.
Bright’s latest charge of PWID Marijuana resulted in a $25,000 bond.
Meet Keon Bright.
These three will be out on bond again very soon. Maybe they will run into you during their next police chase. Be sure to thank the 9th Circuit Solicitor, the 1st Circuit Solicitor, Judge Michael Newman and the rest of your judges when that happens.