Columbia County police seize marijuana, arrest 2 Aiken men

Two Aiken County men were arrested today on drug charges after authorities seized 400 pounds of marijuana from a Martinez storage unit.

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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