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Aiken County drug bust nets 7 arrests

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Seven Aiken County residents have been charged after authorities confiscated 13 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of cocaine and several handguns.

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The investigation, led by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office with assistance from Aiken County SWAT and warrants teams, revealed that the drugs discovered in four residences were being sold while children were at home, according to a sheriff's office news release issued Tuesday.

Authorities issued warrants at homes in the 200 block of Chime Bell Park Drive and the 100 block of Watkins Lane in New Ellenton, the 1500 block of North Silverton Street in Jackson, and the first block of Henley Drive in Beech Island. The following were arrested:

- Leon Patterson, 33, of the Chime Bell Park Drive address, was charged with possession of cocaine, second offense; operating a stash house; two counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; and three counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

- Lacardia Lanique Sharpton, 27, also of Chime Bell Park Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and three counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

- Robert Lamont Samuels, 24, of the North Silverton Street residence, was charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV controlled substance.

- Reuben Alexander Legrand Bethea, 23, also of North Silverton Street, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, two counts each of distribution of cocaine and unlawful neglect of a child, and four counts of distribution of schedule I, II, and III controlled substances.

- Derrick Valentine, 27, of the 1400 block of North Silverton Street, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine. Valentine also had an active arrest warrant.

- Marquise Jarrel Bush, 21, of the first block of Henley Drive in Beech Island, was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm with a filed-off serial number.

- Arshaw Bernard Bethelmie, 33, of the 100 block of Watkins Lane in New Ellenton, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, unlawful neglect of a child and four counts of distribution of a schedule II controlled substance.

Authorities are looking for three others on related charges:

- Gerald Anthony Rouse, 40, of the 200 block of Biscayne Road in New Ellenton, is wanted for charges of distribution of crack cocaine.

- Sandra Bethea Legrand, 45, of the 1500 block of North Silverton Street, is wanted on charges of distribution of schedule I, II and III controlled substances and two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

- Francis Raymond Rainey Jr., 64, of the 100 block of Midway Circle in Aiken, is wanted for operating a stash house and distribution of a schedule III controlled substance.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (803) 922-9709.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/21/11 - 06:26 pm
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"Operating a stash house!"

"Operating a stash house!" That is one charge I don't remember seeing!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/21/11 - 06:59 pm
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Me, either!

Me, either!

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 06/21/11 - 07:10 pm
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Is this related to the two

Is this related to the two caucasian people,in the restroom, were arrested at a North Augusta Huddle House aftering flushing drugs down the toilet? "The cat couldn't hold their tongue,I guess they drop a dime (on Operating stash house) to ease prosecuting off their pending drug charges".

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 06/21/11 - 07:11 pm
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I applaud the Aiken County
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I applaud the Aiken County Sheriffs office for potentially saving the lives of the children involved. Hopefully some family member will step up and take over the raising of these children in a positive way.

Pu239
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Pu239 06/21/11 - 09:12 pm
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It's probably related to the
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It's probably related to the 7 people arrested in Aiken County for having 13 lb of pot , 5 ounces of blow, and several handguns.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/22/11 - 07:08 am
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Make all drugs legal and free

Make all drugs legal and free these pot smokers and dealers.

This is crazy, this stupid drug war.

Brad

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/22/11 - 07:11 am
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wsm141, I guess you support

wsm141,

I guess you support killing any and all law breakers no matter what huh? I guess the cop should have just shot the fountain bandits?

Brad

edubb
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edubb 06/22/11 - 10:17 am
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Just a waste of tax

Just a waste of tax dollars.Wow 13 little pounds of weed!!!!. My big brother was almost 13 pounds when he was born...LOL...This isn't justice or making the streets safer...Tons and I mean Tons of Cocaine and Weed is shipped to this cournty every year because Americans love to get HIGH..Who is bringing it in? Who flies and ships it in? We can't police this stuff. If i was a judge or a cop, I couldn't even arrest people or sentence people for this stuff anymore. Its like a never ending story...

@wsm141

getting so sick of the photos and names? Just shoot them all....hmmmmmm..mmm... that sounds harsh..I wonder why!!!

StillServing
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StillServing 06/22/11 - 10:45 am
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@ those commenting @wsm141 I

@ those commenting @wsm141
I understand WSM's frustration. America's Moral Compass is BROKE. The endless in and out of jail HAS TO STOP. Crime is tearing the very fabric of our society. Do I condone shooting someone for selling drugs - of course not.. but I do support the strongest punishment necessary to STOP the crime. ABSOLUTELY - The punishment HAS to be strong enough to make the criminals decide to stop. EVERY crime commited - no matter if it's someone shoplifting from the store, selling drugs, or commiting murder.. COSTS YOU and ME over and over again.
For those of you that say - " you could not arrest people" or we "should have shot the fountain bandits" - get your head out of the clouds - a slap on the hand and turning our eyes the other way got us in the mess we are in now. Too many people in this country think they are entitled to a free ride... it's time to kick them of the gravy train..
So now.. go ahead and complain about this post too... but when you do - you will only prove my point.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/22/11 - 11:25 am
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For those of you who support

For those of you who support legalizing all drugs...have you ever seen a newborn crack baby? People commit crimes to buy drugs. Do you know any deceased who's a victim because of a drug-related crime?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/22/11 - 11:38 am
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I don't know about legalizing
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I don't know about legalizing ALL drugs.. but marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

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Jane18 06/22/11 - 12:14 pm
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No Patty, they haven't seen

No Patty, they haven't seen that most pitiful sight. Had they, they would talk differently about legalizing drugs--any drugs.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 06/22/11 - 02:33 pm
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I have never seen a newborn

I have never seen a newborn crack baby but they do grow up, I have seen 18-22 year old crack babies. They don't grow out of it.

edubb
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edubb 06/22/11 - 03:26 pm
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@stillserving Obviously

@stillserving

Obviously America's moral compass is broke when someone can say it only takes 0.44 cents to kill 7 people and your next post is one of empathy for those comments. I dont endorse long prison sentences for non violent drug offenders. 28grams of cocaine can get a person 10 years in prison, that is just plain stupid, cruel, and excessive. Rapist and pedophiles dont get time like that. I know a lot of people dont agree with my views, but I have to put aside hypocrisy and take an intelligent look at the topic and not sit on my high horse and judge as if I am perfect. The war on drugs has done nothing to stem drugs and they are more easy to obtain than ever before. So all the war on drugs has done is explode the prison population and create millions of uneducated, unskilled, criminal minded people who will be let out of prison one day and come live with the rest of us. The money it takes to incarcerate these people could be spent on vocational training and school. There is no rehabilitaion for someone that is in prison with hard core killers and all types of people, no doubt your going to come out worse. Just like with cigarettes and alcohol in the early 1900's all the Church people wanted it Outlawed because they interpreted the bible as labeling such things as a sin and as a vice. Some of you may have heard stories about granddad and how he used to "bootleg"...Yeah your granddad was a modern day drug dealer in other words. There has been numerous reports, and studies done on this topic and the experts agree. The war on drugs is a failure and a war on poor people. What does locking someone up for selling drugs do to stop the cultivation of it in Columbia, and Mexico, shipping it to our borders and smuggling into the city..nothing at all. The Global Commission on Drug Policy released this report. http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/Report
This report includes support from World Leaders like Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso and former NATO Secretary Javier Solana. These are intelligent people..

@patty
Yeah Ive seen alot and been through it too. and im talking from personal experiences and family

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/22/11 - 04:08 pm
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Ohhh Patty-P, you had to go

Ohhh Patty-P, you had to go there huh?

I mean who can argue with that?

However, I have never seen a newborn "pot" baby...

I support making pot legal, hows that?

Brad

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/22/11 - 04:52 pm
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If you are going to make pot

If you are going to make pot legal just go ahead and make it all legal (those arrested in this article had other drugs as well). Don't complain later about your tax dollars being used to 'rehabilitate' those who are addicted or on SSI, etc because of the health problems associated with it. People can't go to work or don't want to work because they want to stay home and get high. County workers who should be out doing their jobs are instead out 'getting high' and Augusta citizens are paying his salary. Why do we want an America full of 'high' people? Those kids that were caught up in this drug bust will be directly affected by this activity. We can't figure out here in Augusta why these young kids are acting out the way they are....this is a prime example.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/22/11 - 07:56 pm
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Pot is not like the other

Pot is not like the other drugs in my opinion. Alcohol is worse for you. I mean I am just pretty much into letting folks do whatever they want if it doesn't hurt someone else. if swinging from huge oak tree makes you happy and gives you tingles, I say go for it.

Key part here, freedom without hurting..

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/22/11 - 08:03 pm
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People who are going to smoke

People who are going to smoke pot aren't likely to limit themselves to just that. Drug dealers aren't just going to limit their market to just pot. If you wanna swing from an oak tree for thrills it doesn't just stop there. Once you get that rush you wanna try newer and better things. That's how the addiction begins and thats why it's hard to break the addiction.

Pu239
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Pu239 06/22/11 - 09:37 pm
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I have an internal struggle
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I have an internal struggle with legalizing cannabis, I agree that cannabis is less physically harmful than alcohol, but I also think cannabis is as easily abused as alcohol is. If cannabis were legal I believe the abuse levels would increase dramatically, and then level out over time. What seems strange to me is that most will agree that alcohol consumption during pregnancy affects the child....that cigarette smoking during pregnancy affects the child, why would it be so far-fetched that THC would affect a newborn?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/23/11 - 04:26 am
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Patty -P, I disagree, for

Patty -P,

I disagree, for some people just swinging on certain oak trees satisfy their needs.

I know lots of folks who drink, but don't smoke cigs. I know a lot of folks who smoke pot but don't drink.

The gateway drug concept is not one I will accept, I have known far too many folks who have drank and smoked pot that never ended up crackheads to think it is true.

Besides, it has to do with freedom too.

If I want to swing from the biggest oak tree around, and I am not hurting anyone, why shouldn't I be able to?

Think of the Billons we would save on courts, prisons, and other related spending if we made just marjahooney legal, not to mention the Billions in tax revenues it would generate that could be used to fund more police and rehab programs.

Just a thought,

Brad

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/23/11 - 04:41 am
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Pu239, Just because it is

Pu239,

Just because it is legal would not mean we condone folks doing things that are bad with it, no more than the ones you listed.

I mean more kids drown each year in pools than are killed by accidental shootings by a HUGE margin, yet pools have no legal restrictions on them and guns do. That tells me that there is another agenda behind guns laws not related to the emotional arguments to make guns harder to buy.

Drugs are used the same way. Crime goes up, must be the drugs. What is th common thread with all these criminals, they all do or sell drugs. We never look beyond the easy, consumer packaged answer to any problem in America. We just take what they feed us as truth while never even looking for real motivators.

Want to know why pot is not legal? Ask a congressman and they will tell you it is to 'protect' the citizens but the real reason is because Phillip Morris and R. J. Reynolds pay good money to keep it that way.

Drugs are not the disease, they are not even a symptom of the disease; they are a by-product of manipulation of our consumerist society. GREED is the disease that fuels keeping drugs illegal and poverty is its willing partner in all this.

Anyway, enough for now.

Brad

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/23/11 - 04:56 am
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Brad, I bet not one of the

Brad, I bet not one of the customers of those arrested above can honestly say they didn't begin their drug habit with the simplest form - marijuana. Marijuana is a mind-altering drug, and as I said above, people are not going to be responsible while using it, just as they don't while drinking and driving. The example was the county worker who was arrested a few weeks back. How many work-related accidents can we count on because people are 'high'? There are medical reasons as well, as one studied thought there was a link between the extremely high increase in ADHD cases in the past few decades. Believe me, there are plenty of reasons not to do it.

And as far as swinging from the Big Oak, yeah its great the first few times, but then the thrill is gone and you are going to want to try something else to get that feeling or a better feeling. It's the same with drugs. Might not happen that way for everyone, but the majority of people start drug abuse and addiction this way.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 06/23/11 - 11:19 am
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We have been fighting the

We have been fighting the drug war for over 40 yrs. Before the drug war relatively few people did any kind of drug. Now 40 yrs later almost EVERYBODY does some sort of drug. If we continue the drug war and this trend remains the same there won't be ANYBODY NOT ON DRUGS. Since Mexico and Latin American countries are filing suit against U.S. why don’t we use existing seizure law and seize all the land growing drugs that they export to U.S., pipeline it to PHARMACIES where drugs are supposed to be sold, and win the drug war by snatching the drug market out from under the cartels thereby slashing the jugular of the drug trade and finally winning it. Drugs would become passé and maybe everybody could go jet skiing or some other fun something they can do. But that would be too easy wouldn’t it? (rolling eyes)

Too many tax U-S-E-R-S MAKE TOO MUCH M-O-N-E-Y off the drug war for them to ever let the drug war be won and that is why drugs are EVERYWHERE.

Most kids i interviewed after the D.A.R.E. programs came through expressed an interest in learning more about drugs. Drug use among those attending DARE shows has increased everywhere D.A.R.E. has gone. D.A.R.E. has lured more kids into drugs than any tax paid program in history. Telling a kid all about something then telling them not to do it is like showing them a porno, then telling them not to have sex.

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