ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators in Orangeburg seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3.7 million Wednesday night. The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says the drug seizure is the largest in the history of the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office and the Lexington County Sheriff's Department charged 37-year-old Berley O'Brian Greene with trafficking marijuana.
During the execution of search warrants at multiple locations, officers seized more than $100,000, a Chevy Silverado, three BMWs, a Mercedes-Benz, a cargo trailer, two four wheelers, a dirt bike, electronic surveillance equipment and a rifle.
"With Tuesday's seizure, we have put a huge dent in the amount of marijuana that would have been available in Orangeburg County," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said."This is an excellent example of how agencies partner to combat the intricate business of narcotic trafficking."
"The sale and use of illegal drugs is directly linked to violent crimes. We see daily, individuals breaking into people's homes to steal items they can trade for narcotics, or that they can sell quickly for cash to purchase narcotics. As we investigate shooting incidents, we have learned that many are directly related to drug activity," Ravenell said." Since I took office, we have been constantly sending one message to drug dealers. So please hear me, Orangeburg County is not and will not be the site of a thriving business environment."
The sheriff's office is continuing the investigation.