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Colleton County deputies recover more than $20K in illegal contraband

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office has recovered tons of illegal narcotics over a three-month period totaling more than $20,000.

The department initiated a plan in January to provide monthly updates to the public on pro-active patrolling in the county. These busts were not calls deputies were dispatched to, but stops they initiated due to traffic infractions possibly leading to other charges.

“We want our community to know that our deputies are visible and working hard to combat drugs and crime off the streets of Colleton County,” said department spokesperson Shalane Lowes in a post on Facebook.

Lowes said the department as maintained daily records of the information over the course of a month, then tallied up the numbers on illegal contraband that was seized, including illegal possession of weapons.

Over the past month, deputies have recovered 61 grams of marijuana, 5.6 grams of methamphetamine, .07 grams of crack cocaine, 2.5 grams of cocaine, 43 hydrocodone pills, nine ecstasy pills, one vial of PCP and three illegal weapons.

Lowes said the current street value of narcotics seized by our deputies is valued at $2,763.00.

“We want the residents of Colleton County to know that their well-being is our number one priority, being visible means our deputies are reassuring our residents we are working hard to prevent crime before taking place, also deterring criminals to break the law,” said Lowes.

Since January, deputies have recovered $22,728.00 in illegal contraband.

In total, they have seized 122 grams of methamphetamines, 449 grams of marijuana, 64 ecstasy pills, 85 scheduled narcotics, 6 grams of cocaine, 1.70 grams of heroin, .09 grams of crack cocaine, 1 vial of PCP and 7 illegal weapons.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our deputies; these deputies are a great group of men and women who take pride in their job by providing a safe place for our residents to call home. These deputies continuously come into work wanting to know what they could improve on to be better than they were yesterday, taking initiative to learn is the first step to success not only in the workplace but in life,” said Sheriff R.A. Strickland.


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