NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston narcotics officers arrested three people in connection with drug charges in an ongoing investigation and collected nearly $200,000 in heroin as well as cash and weapons.
Investigators began investigating a subject they believed to be selling large amounts of heroin in the North Charleston area, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
Deon Dorsey, 29, is charged with trafficking heroin, according to court records.
Authorities say the investigation revealed Dorsey had made frequent trips to northern states to pick up heroin for distribution in North Charleston. On March 15, officers conducted a traffic stop on Dorsey's vehicle and he was taken into custody, Pryor said.
Officers located 552.3 grams of heroin, with an estimated street value of nearly $193,305 on a female passenger of the vehicle, Zykia Coles.
Officers executed a search warrant at the suspect's home and recovered two firearms, drug packaging equipment and a large amount of cash, Pryor said. A search at a second location produced additional cash and two more firearms, one of which was listed as stolen in records from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Pryor said.
Coles is also charged with trafficking heroin. A third person, Dwayne Barbour, is charged with conspiracy to violate South Carolina narcotics laws.
The three were being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.