Berkeley County deputies say they arrested five people and seized drugs and guns early Saturday morning after a officer on patrol spotted what appeared to be a drug sale.
Gabriel Cash is charged with evading arrest, Tyeree Baylock charged with public disorderly conduct and interfering with officers serving a warrant, and Mary Veronica Baylock, Shaquan Baylock, Ebonee Myers and Patricia Myers are also facing public disorderly conduct charges.
The deputies saw the apparent drug sale in front of a home in the 300 block of Rutt Lane, according to Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran.
When the deputy approached, a foot chase began, and the deputy located a suspect behind a shed behind the home.
Deputies reported the shed smelled of marijuana and requested help in obtaining a search warrant from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Cochran said.
While waiting for the search warrant, multiple family members and friends of the subject who fled began to surround the deputies and attempt to intimidate them, he said.
Officers reported hearing rapid gunfire several lots away, then say the homeowner came out and began to question the actions of the deputies.
At the same time, deputies say someone threw a Molotov Cocktail at the shed and set it on fire.
The homeowner began to be very aggressive towards the deputies and he was taken into custody after refusing to comply with directions and continuing to attempt to disrupt the enforcement actions, Cochran said.
Deputies say after they extinguished the fire and served the search warrant, they seized six pounds of marijuana, 119 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of crack cocaine, miscellaneous types of drug paraphernalia, and four guns, one of which was stolen.
"Rutt Lane has been a problem location for a long time and it is a shame that the actions of a few take away the peace and tranquility of a neighborhood for many," Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said. "I hope that those who choose to be on the wrong side of the law think twice before they continue their dealings here in Berkeley County."
Additional charges are pending upon the completion of the investigation, he said.