Two Orangeburg County men have been arrested on drug-related charges after a long-term investigation, according to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
“These two had a regular illegal narcotics business going on at this location,” Ravenell said. “We’d been developing information for months that led us to this hotel room in Santee.”
Alonzo Mays Jr., 27, and Andre Gulley, 26, are each charged with possession of marijuana.
Mays is also charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Gulley faces one count each of possession with intent to distribute ecstasy and possession of a controlled substance.
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Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers executed a search warrant Tuesday on a room at the Knight’s Inn on Britain Street in Santee, according to the sheriff’s office.
The officers reported finding several digital scales, a grinder, drug paraphernalia, three handguns and ammunition. Officers said one .45-caliber revolver could also fire a .410-gauge shotgun slug.
The sheriff’s office alleges the officers also found marijuana, two unbroken crack cocaine “cookies,” Molly, heroin/ice and methamphetamine.
A number of cannabis packets designed to appear similar to legitimate candy packages were also seized, according to the sheriff’s office.
The total street value for the seized drugs is estimated to be around $15,000.
During Thursday’s court hearing, bond was set on Gulley at $32,000 cash or surety and $17,000 cash or surety on Mays.