Dozens apprehended in meth “blitz”
Billy Cannada Staff Writer
PICKENS COUNTY – Authorities say a two-county meth “blitz” resulted in dozens of arrests earlier this week.
Officials with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office say they worked along side the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Easley Police Department and the Clemson Police Department to make a dent in the methamphetamine problem that affects Greenville and Pickens Counties.
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said more than 60 locations were checked in the two counties on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5.
Clark said the operation stemmed from months of investigations and intelligence gathering.
“Locations were selected that were known or suspected meth manufacturing locations or commonly referred to as ‘meth houses,’” Clark said. “These locations were approached by highly-trained agents who interviewed the occupants to develop probable cause for a search warrant, consent to search, or arrest.”
Clark said 13 people were apprehended in Pickens County while 18 were arrested in Greenville. The sheriff said 13 meth sites were located, seven children were taken into protective custody, three illegal gambling machines were seized and one stolen vehicle was recovered.
Those arrested in the Pickens County searches include: Samuel Ross, Todd Stephens, Tara Lynn Young, Tammie Simon, Felicia Mull, Ronald Nalley, Perry Timothy Murphy, Sherry Renee Bowie, Robin Carter Sweezy, Michael Gene Hayes, Frederick Antonio Lay, Tiffany Renee Dillard and Joshua James Welborn.
Charges for the 13 include possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine.
“It takes a highly trained and skilled narcotics agent to develop a case and approach a suspected location and leave with the illegal drugs that we suspect are in the house while defending the rights of our citizens,” Clark said. “What you see from the results of this meth blitz is that the law enforcement agencies in the Upstate work well together and are top notch law enforcement professionals. Against overwhelming odds, these men and women are fighting the good fight to protect our families against the scourge of Methamphetamine.”
Clark said the Pickens County HAZMAT team also participated due to the volatile and dangerous chemicals associated with manufacturing methamphetamine.
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