The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the distribution of Klu Klux Klan literature in the Forest Lakes Area of West Ashley.

Deputies have collected numerous pieces of literature as evidence, and they are now encouraging residents who discover this literature on or around their property to discard it, Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Stanley said.

The fliers were from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The faction’s literature also has been seen recently in other tri-county cities and it showed up this spring in West Ashley’s racially diverse Pierpont neighborhood.

It is unclear what authorities can do to prevent such mail drops or punish the people responsible. Stanley said that the Sheriff’s Office isn’t pursuing charges against the distributors but that the agency’s investigation is still in its infancy.

“We investigate all complaints,” Stanley said. “If there’s no violation of the law, we won’t pursue charges.”

KKK national director Thomas Arthur Robb has said the group’s members frequently take the initiative to recruit. He noted that distributing literature is not only legal but also constitutionally protected.

Still, investigators are asking anyone who saw suspicious people or vehicles in the Forest Lakes area on Thursday evening to contact the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.