$1.4 million seized in Upstate drug raid; Couple charged
June 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM EST - Updated July 25 at 4:57 PM
GAFFNEY, SC (WYFF)
A Gaffney couple is charged in what investigators say is the biggest designer drug bust to date in the Upstate.
The Drug Enforcement Administration held a news conference Wednesday to announce the arrests of Steven and Sirena Petty. Federal agents said that during the investigation, the Petty's Gaffney home and Carousel Music and Smokers Edge were raided, and $1.4 million and 20,000 packages of designer drugs, commonly referred to as K2, Spice and bath salts, were seized.
Investigators said that $800,000 was seized from the Petty's home. The rest was seized from bank accounts.
The couple appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon. Their bond was set at $150,000 each.
Jessica West, of Shelby, N.C., was also arrested in connection to the bust.
This investigation and arrests were part of a nation-wide initiative. Local and federal law enforcement in South Carolina joined a national crack down known as Project Synergy, a DEA enforcement action dealing with synthetic drug trafficking.
The largest-ever synthetic drug take down to date, the DEA has executed over 300 search warrants along with more than 150 arrest warrants in recent weeks.
A drug round up in North Carolina that was part of the same initiative ended with 30 people charged.