According to law enforcement officers with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, a 32-year-old woman is facing multiple charges following a drug raid. The incident occurred on Jan. 20 in Wagener.
The Aiken County Sheriff reports that the raid occurred because of tips that were provided by area residents. Law enforcement officers sought a search warrant and executed it after it was issued at a home. During the search, officers reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana, controlled prescription drugs, and two handguns.
The woman was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges. She was charged with unlawful neglect of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a weapon during a crime, and violating the drug distribution laws. Law enforcement officials urged citizens to call Crime Stoppers if they have any information about criminal activity that might be occurring. It is unclear whether the woman has had bail set or if she remains in custody.
Drug offenses can lead to severe penalties when people are convicted as charged. When the alleged offenses include allegations of drug trafficking or sales, the penalties may be more severe. Drug crimes that involve the possession of a gun or that allegedly occur in the presence of children may also be punished more severely. People who are facing drug charges might want to get help from an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible after they have been charged. An attorney might investigate what occurred and look for problems in the way in which the search and seizure occurred. If an attorney finds that the officers made mistakes, the attorney might file motions to try to challenge the admissibility of the evidence, which if successful could result in a dismissal.
Source: News Channel 6, "Woman charged following drug bust in Wagener, South Carolina", Shawn Cabbagestalk, Jan. 20, 2019