Originally created 08/11/01

4 North Augustans face drug charges

North Augusta police arrested four people in a drug bust Thursday, including a woman, her 19-year old son and a customer who came to the residence to buy marijuana during the bust, said a police spokesman.

Officers arrested Susan Ballard Jones, 36, of the 200 block of Ponce DeLeon Ave., and charged her with simple possession of marijuana. They arrested her son Dale Tyler Jones of the same address and charged him with six felony drug offenses, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana, painkillers and Valium within one-half mile of a school, according to an North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

Investigators also arrested Christopher Reed Carter, 19, of the same address, and charged him with three felonies, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful possession of a pistol by a person younger than 21, the report stated.

Alice Gregory Chavis, 44, of the 400 block of Ponce DeLeon, was charged with attempting to purchase and possess marijuana. Ms. Chavis called the residence on a cell phone while officers were there and told an investigator she wanted to buy a half-ounce of marijuana from "Chris." When she arrived, she was arrested, according to the report.

A 12-year-old boy living at the residence was placed in the custody of a relative.

Officers seized 2.4 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,500, a safe, scales, rolling papers, three painkillers, 11 tablets of Valium, a .380-caliber pistol and $7,695 in cash from the residence, Sgt. Joe Count said.

Ms. Jones was released on bond Thursday. Mr. Jones and Mr. Carter remained in the Aiken County Detention Center on Friday, police said.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylviaco@augustachronicle.com.


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