On Feb. 27, South Carolina authorities arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of drug trafficking. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation by the Marion County Combined Drug Unit.
According to media reports, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at a home on Dixon Street in Mullins. While searching the property, they allegedly found undisclosed quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and prescription pills. In addition, they also seized firearms and cash suspected of being drug profits.
The defendant was taken into custody and charged with two counts of third-offense distribution of cocaine, trafficking in methamphetamine, third-offense trafficking in cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute schedule II and schedule III drugs and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. He was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime. In a press release, the sheriff thanked members of the community for tipping off investigators about alleged drug activity on the defendant's property. The investigation was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Mullins Police Department.
If convicted, individuals arrested on drug trafficking charges could be sentenced to years in prison and assessed heavy fines. However, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to contact a criminal defense attorney for assistance. The attorney could challenge the evidence, poke holes in the prosecution's case and do everything possible to get the charges dismissed. Another strategy could be to negotiate a plea deal that allows the defendant to plead guilty in exchange for a more lenient sentence.
Source: WPDE, "Mullins man arrested in drug bust, multiple drugs seized", Briana Rivas, Feb. 28, 2019