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MBPD Busts Up One Link In Drug Distribution Chain





Kudos to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

In a story we first reported last week, MBPD stated that during the investigation of an oceanfront motel killing, they seized nearly 30 grams of crack cocaine, 32 grams of meth and 11 grams of heroin, along with several firearms.

The murder happened at the Water Park Hotel on 1201 South Ocean Boulevard last Thursday.

MBPD released the names of five people connected to the investigation. Except for one, all were area locals who work the drug trade on the streets of Myrtle Beach.

The suspects are charged with the following:


Michael Ray Phillips, 30, of Myrtle Beach:

  • Accessory after the fact of armed robbery Possession of a weapon during a violent crime Trafficking heroin Trafficking methamphetamine Possession of crack cocaine Possession of a schedule IV substance Simple possession of marijuana.
  • Melissa Darlene Hudson, 28, of Forestbrook-
  • Trafficking Methamphetamine
  • Trafficking Heroin
  • Possession of crack cocaine
  • Possession of a weapon during a violent crime Financial transaction card theft Simple possession of marijuana

Melissa Dawn Funderburk, 38, of Rock Hill:

  • Possession of crack cocaine
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of heroin
  • Simple possession of marijuana

Marion William Couick, 51, of Myrtle Beach:

  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of crack cocaine
  • Simple possession of marijuana

Bohannon Cassanova Martin, 30, of Myrtle Beach:

Trafficking crack cocaine

Hopefully these local drug dealers will turn state’s evidence on their out of town suppliers.

Regardless, these arrests disrupt the organization’s supply line for a short period.



David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at


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