A surveillance operation resulted in the seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine at an Orangeburg home, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
“We’d been watching this location for a period of time and obtained a search warrant,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “Needless to say these individuals were not very happy to see us approach their little store.”
Three people were taken into custody during Thursday’s raid, including 47-year-old Edward Spigner Jr., who was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The others are facing misdemeanor drug charges.
Just after 2 p.m. Thursday, narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at a Stilton Road residence.
According to the incident report, one of the men attempted to flee as soon as blue lights were activated on the law enforcement vehicles.
With the three subjects secure, the investigators allegedly located a quantity of crack cocaine by the kitchen sink and more crack cocaine in a plate in plain view in the living room.
Weapons began to turn up as the search continued. A loaded .38-caliber revolver, two .22-caliber rifles and ammunition were found, according to the sheriff’s office.
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Ravenell said drug-related paraphernalia was located, including a crack pipe, digital scales, razor blades and plastic bags.
“There was even a sign for ‘house rules,’” he said. “Some of those rules urged visitors to remain quiet and draw no attention to this place.”
The hand-made sign stated customers shouldn’t ask for “handouts” nor “IOUs.” They were urged to keep their voices down. Also, a single Newport cigarette would cost 50 cents, per the sign.
In all, the weapons, ammo, paraphernalia, crack cocaine and methamphetamine worth $3,000 on the street was seized.
“These types of operations lead to more than just making the arrest for today,” Ravenell said. “We’re taking down information on the people who frequent these places. Today’s court appearances won’t end this.”
During bond hearings for the men, sheriff’s office Inv. Rob Boyne told the court the surveillance operation discovered the location was a practically a “drive-through.”
Boyne asked the court to consider a high bond for Spigner as well as ankle monitoring. The court granted the motion for ankle monitoring and set bond on Spigner at $80,000 cash or surety.
The federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted with the investigation.