Columbia County police seize marijuana, arrest 2 Aiken men

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 3:25 PM
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Two Aiken County men were arrested today on drug charges after authorities seized 400 pounds of marijuana from a Martinez storage unit.

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Jenna Martin
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Isaac Lewis and Rufus Hamilton were charged with trafficking marijuana and are being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center, according to an e-mail sent by Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

A search warrant was issued by the sheriff’s office narcotics unit, and the drugs, with a street value of about $250,000, were found at about 9:30 a.m. at the Flowing Wells Industrial Park storage units located at 472 Flowing Wells Road, said Capt. Morris. Authorities seized 16 bags, each containing 25 pounds of marijuana, he said.

The storage unit was being rented by Mr. Lewis, Capt. Morris wrote.

A month-long investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s offices of Richmond, Aiken and Columbia counties and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Aiken County authorities also searched Mr. Lewis’ house at the 1300 block of Hampton Avenue today at about 11:30 a.m. No additional drugs were found, but police did seize a Ford Explorer and utility trailer, which were used for the transportation of the marijuana, as well as a stolen motorcycle, said Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell.

Capt. Morris said the investigation is ongoing.

Reach Jenna Martin at 868-1222, ext. 109 or

jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com

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Grateful Augustan
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Grateful Augustan 02/27/09 - 03:30 pm
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damn weed in CSRA just got

damn weed in CSRA just got expensive

Must be a part of OBamas stimulus package

glad to be in the south
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glad to be in the south 02/27/09 - 03:57 pm
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Grateful, I LOVE your

Grateful, I LOVE your response!!

420Time
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420Time 02/27/09 - 04:06 pm
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A jury should find these guys

A jury should find these guys not guilty. Worse crimes get less time. 420.

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Dan White 02/27/09 - 04:06 pm
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Deputy Dawgs are on the hunt.

Deputy Dawgs are on the hunt. Last week, arrests for prostitution. This week, arrests for marijuana. Columbia County Sheriff's Department - THE BEST!

My_2nd
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My_2nd 02/27/09 - 04:26 pm
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good job CCSO!!!

good job CCSO!!!

061207
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061207 02/27/09 - 04:37 pm
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blah, blah ,blah, blah. That

blah, blah ,blah, blah. That is there job. They should always strive to be the best, not just because they arrested 2 men for trafficking illegal drugs.

061207
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061207 02/27/09 - 04:39 pm
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blah,blah,blah that is their

blah,blah,blah that is their job

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/27/09 - 05:16 pm
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Issac and Rufus weren't

Issac and Rufus weren't careful. Must have trusted the wrong person. Now they have lots of time to think about better decisions.

Margot
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Margot 02/27/09 - 05:28 pm
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400 pounds, that's hard to

400 pounds, that's hard to believe.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 02/27/09 - 06:08 pm
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Now how's a guy supposed to

Now how's a guy supposed to have any fun? No hookers, no weed...what's the world coming to?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/27/09 - 08:46 pm
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GAC - YOU can always have fun

GAC - YOU can always have fun fantasizing about Obama!

TheOne
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TheOne 02/27/09 - 09:04 pm
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The estimated street value

The estimated street value seems low to me at $625 a pound. I'm no expert in the matter today, but 30 years ago the price on the streets was around 400 - 500+. Just saying......

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 02/27/09 - 09:16 pm
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TerryJr shows his great

TerryJr shows his great intelligence again.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/27/09 - 09:23 pm
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I have always wondered what

I have always wondered what would happen if that weed were to be declared legal?

As It Is
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As It Is 02/28/09 - 01:38 am
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Good job to all of these

Good job to all of these agencies working together to get these drugs and thugs off of the streets.

mieshell
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mieshell 02/28/09 - 10:42 pm
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Maybe he was gonna drop off a

Maybe he was gonna drop off a few packages to the 80 year woman for medicinal purposes,,,,lol

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