Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that narcotics investigators seized more than $25,000 in high-grade marijuana during a raid Friday morning.
“We have taken one individual into custody and issued another 10 citations in connection with this seizure,” Ravenell said. “This entire operation was in response to citizens’ complaints of drug activity in the area.”
Stuart Adgerson, 43, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school or park and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Ravenell said that after hearing complaints from citizens of drug activity in the Wilkinson Liberty Avenue area of Orangeburg, narcotics investigators identified an apartment that was allegedly being used as a location to sell drugs.
Surveillance determined the Florida man stayed only a few days a week at the Orangeburg apartment.
Around 11 a.m. Friday, narcotics investigators raided the apartment after determining Adgerson was present.
Investigators said that after he discovered law enforcement entering all doors of the apartment, Adgerson attempted to hide a loaded .380-caliber handgun by tossing it in a toilet bowl.
Investigators reported finding five individually wrapped bags of high-end marijuana, a jar of loose marijuana, digital scales and around $1,000 in U.S. currency inside a large carrying case. Inside the apartment were nearly two dozen boxes of plastic bags.
In addition, 10 other people were issued citations for attempting to possess marijuana after they approached the apartment. Each of the 10 admitted to their intent, investigators said.
“Mr. Adgerson could be called a mid-level dealer, but there’s no doubt he could be defined as ‘busy,’ at least prior to 11 a.m. this morning,” Ravenell said. “This is what happens when the good citizens of this county get tired of these drug dealers staining our community. They did their part, we did our part. This is a working hand in hand with one another.”