Originally created 08/14/04

Martinez resident faces drug trafficking charge



A Martinez man was charged with trafficking drugs Thursday night after a search of his home allegedly turned up more than 12 pounds of marijuana.

David Victor Boyd, 46, was being held Friday without bond at the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center on one charge of trafficking marijuana and one count of possession of a Schedule IV drug, said Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Armed with a search warrant, vice and narcotics officers raided Mr. Boyd's home on the 4000 block of Pleasant Home Road just before 10 p.m. Thursday, Capt. Morris said.

"It was an undercover operation that led to the search warrant," Capt. Morris said. "It's been an ongoing investigation."

Officers found 10 pounds of marijuana in the residence, two pounds in the trunk of a 1990 Acura Legend parked outside, and about 1 ounce in the glove box of a 1993 Cadillac on the property, Capt. Morris said. He said both vehicles were seized.

Investigators also seized 30 pills of Alpralozam, an anti-anxiety drug, inside the residence, Capt. Morris said.

Also arrested at the residence was Schylea Michele Strickland, 38, of the 2100 block of Alfred Lane in Augusta, after investigators found 2 grams of marijuana and a pistol in her vehicle. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and released after posting $1,100 bond, Capt. Morris said.