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Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell looks over the drugs seized in Eutawville on Friday.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced Saturday the seizure of methamphetamine and other narcotics.

“This is due in a big way to help from the community,” the sheriff said. “We had multiple people from the community give us tips and information that led to this bust.”

Claude Stimson, 36, of Goose Creek has been charged in the case. A Eutawville man has been charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine as well.

Stimson was charged with possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule II substance (OxyContin); possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I, II, III substance (Adderall); possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession of a Schedule II drug (“Molly”); trafficking heroin and trafficking methamphetamine.

During a hearing on Saturday, bond was denied on the trafficking charges while the remaining charges drew a $20,000 bond total.

Ravenell said that around noon Friday, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s narcotics deputies accompanied S.C. Probation, Pardon and Parole officers and state Department of Natural Resources officers to Satawen Road residence in Eutawville for a home check.

Searching a vehicle outside of the home, investigators located Stimson crouched down inside.

Inside the home, a black computer bag containing a handgun safe was pointed out by a narcotics K9 as having drugs inside.

Investigators opened the safe to find nearly half a pound of methamphetamine, and also heroin, “Molly,” marijuana, OxyContin and Adderall.

The pre-cut value of the methamphetamine is estimated to be just over $11,000.

Ravenell said the bust is the result of a lengthy investigation that involved community members, probation officers, DNR, sheriff’s office narcotics officers and “even the zoning commission had a part.”

Last week, a woman residing at the same residence was taken into custody following a traffic stop on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

“There are a couple of locations near this residence that are being watched,” the sheriff said. “And across the county, locations such as this are under surveillance. Their time is coming.”

Inv. Rob Boyne is leading the ongoing investigation.

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