GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two people have been arrested in connection with a drug operation in Georgetown County.
David Thompkins, 33, and Ariel Cook, 27, were both arrested at the residence and transported to the Georgetown County Detention Center where they are being held awaiting bond.
On Thursday, agents with the Drug Enforcement Unit and deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office made the arrests after executing arrest warrants and a search warrant.
Agents initially attempted to arrest Thompkins in January, but he fled in his vehicle and was not apprehended, deputies said.
Once Thompkins and Cook were arrested the house was then searched.
During the search a marijuana grow operation was discovered in the house, an outbuilding, a trailer in the yard and the woods behind the home. Over 200 marijuana plants were found along with approximately two and a half pounds of marijuana being prepared for sale, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Various items, believed to be stolen were also recovered from the home along with cash and drug packaging materials, deputies said.
Agents say they also discovered that Thompkins had installed a video surveillance system around the home and had a combat shotgun, with a laser sight, positioned for easy access.
Thompkins was been charged with driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights, manufacturing marijuana, and receiving stolen goods.
Cook was charged with manufacturing marijuana and unlawful conduct towards a child.