Travis Cody Bell, 21, of 21820 Center Street, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sale and deliver, and one count of maintaining a dwelling. He was placed under a $40,000 secured bond.
Scotland County Sheriff's investigators say they seized 117.30 grams of marijuana, .90 grams of crack cocaine, an SKS assault rifle, a “pistol grip” tactical shotgun, and an undisclosed amount of cash.
When investigators made their way into the residence, Bell was in his bedroom with the door locked, according to Investigator E. Haywood. When officers breached the door, there was an SKS laying on the floor with several rounds chambered out on the floor, and the pistol grip shotgun was in reach at the head of the bed, Haywood said.
“We went in this property in the early morning hours, and there were a couple of tense moments early on,” Haywood said. “Thankfully cooler heads prevailed.”
Sheriff Shep Jones said he was grateful to the residents for contacting the sheriff's office.
“It would be impossible for us to do this job as effectively as we do without the support of the community,” Jones said. “We are very proud of having the relationship that we have with the community and it's one of the things that I promised in my campaign for sheriff.”
“These drug dealers make more money from breaking up their drugs into smaller amounts and re-selling them, than if they sold them as a whole,” Investigator E. Haywood said. “The marijuana has a possible street value between $4,000 and $5000, and the cocaine can be sold for up to $100.”
The money that was collected from the residence will be taxed by the IRS, and then kept in a safe location at the sheriff's department, Haywood said. The narcotics that were seized will be sent to the SBI for further analysis.