An ongoing crime suppression effort at Roosevelt Gardens apartments has netted more marijuana, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced Wednesday.

“We arrested five last month in a single execution of a search warrant, seizing weapons, narcotics and drug paraphernalia,” Ravenell said. “It seems some simply don’t believe we mean business.”

William Faybien Givens, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana and also possession of ecstasy.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting safety checkpoints in Roosevelt Gardens on Friday night when a vehicle approached.

As the driver drew near to the deputies, “a strong odor of marijuana” was smelled coming from the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office says the driver admitted that he marijuana in the car, and attempted to pull a small bag of what looked like marijuana from a book bag that was situated underneath his leg.

However, as the driver attempted to extract the bag, a large glass jar filled with what appeared to be marijuana then fell out, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies then asked the driver to exit the vehicle. A search of the book bag turned up another plastic bag of what is believed to be 43 ecstasy pills, according to the sheriff’s office.

Since Ravenell’s crime suppression efforts began in November, 30 arrests have been made on charges ranging from misdemeanor charges up to felonies.

During a hearing over the weekend, bond was set on Givens at $10,000 on the charges.

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