Drug unit nets marijuana, cocaine and cash
Published 9:05 pm Saturday, March 21, 2015
With the help of a drug-detecting dog, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit seized marijuana, cocaine and a lot of cash during a drug bust in Washington.
Friday morning, investigators executed a search warrant on an Anderson Place home. Inside K-9 Elza led them to 1,738 grams of high-grade marijuana and 16 grams of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in the home of Rodney Lamont Albritton.
“We always let the dog search first and she took us right to it,” said Lt. Russell Davenport, head of the drug unit.
At a street value of $20 per gram for the marijuana and $100 per gram for the cocaine, the drugs have an estimated street value of $36,360. Another $25,035 in cash was also found at the residence.
Davenport said it was complaints about drug activity that led investigators to Albritton.
“Through our surveillance and making purchases from him, we confirmed that he was involved in distribution,” Davenport said. “Based on our surveillance we know he was supplying over a dozen other people (sellers) in the county.”
Albritton was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, maintaining a dwelling to store/keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Albritton was confined in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.
Sheriff Ernie Coleman weighed in on Friday’s drug bust, as well.
“The drugs that were seized today were going to be used to poison the people of Beaufort County. I am glad they are off of our streets. I can only imagine the amount of narcotics and gang violence that would infiltrate our county if we did not have the deterrence of a strong Drug Unit that is as devoted and is as highly trained as the one we have here at the Sheriff’s Office,” Coleman said.