LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry man has been indicted on federal charges after fentanyl was found at a Ladson home.
Government officials say a federal grand jury in Charleston returned an indictment on Thursday against 60-year-old Robert Bryan Mansfield of Ladson.
He's charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl.
The maximum penalty Mansfield could face is a fine of $10,000,000.00 and/or imprisonment for life.
Mansfield's arrest stems from an incident on Feb. 24 on Pinewood Street where ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency agents, and Dorchester County deputies responded to execute a search warrant,
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Witnesses reported a heavy presence of law enforcement and first responders.
Investigators found the controlled substance Fentanyl, a narcotic, which automatically prompted a hazmat call, DEA spokesman Jason Sandoval said.
The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene to assist with the search warrant.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse called Fentanyl a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent.
Sandoval said an ongoing investigation into heroin and opioid distribution led to the search warrant.