Orangeburg traffic stop leads to large heroin seizure, trafficker's arrest

Orangeburg traffic stop leads to large heroin seizure, trafficker's arrest
Source: OCSO
Source: OCSO

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a traffic stop led to the arrest of heroin trafficker in Orangeburg County.

The Orangenburg County Sheriff's Office charged 40-year-old Anthony Garner with trafficking heroin over 28 grams, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of a weapon during a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

"This subject was found to be transporting 372 individual packets of heroin, ready for distribution, just a short time from being released onto our streets," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "This is the result of the community reporting drug activity and our response to that concern."

Inv. Rob Boyne asked the court to deny bond stating that Garner's trafficking charge alone carries a minimum of 25 years in prison with no chance of probation, if he's convicted. Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus granted that request, denying bond on the Orangeburg man.

"These are some serious charges," she said.

OCSO officials said an OCSO narcotics task force was in the Goff Avenue area on Sunday in response to community concerns that drug activity had been taking place.

"Around 5 p.m. Inv. Johnny Thrower stopped a vehicle initially for traffic violations after seeing a vehicle weaving across the center line," OCSO officials said."With the vehicle stopped, Thrower immediately noticed a strong scene of what smelled like marijuana coming from the vehicle."

According to investigators, a plastic bag was located when the vehicle was searched for marijuana.

Authorities said the bag contained three separate plastic bags, scales, and the individually packaged heroin.

A handgun found in the vehicle was discovered to have been stolen out of Berkeley County, a report states.

"With the community's help, an estimated $15,000 in heroin and marijuana was removed from our streets where we live and our children play," Ravenell said.

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