Search leads to drug bust

AIKEN - A search warrant executed in Augusta has led to a large seizure of drugs that officials say might be linked to drug dealers in the city of Aiken.

Aiken narcotics investigators working as part of the ATF Regional Anti-Gang Enforcement Unit conducted the seizure earlier this week and took about 44 ounces of cocaine, 6 ounces of crack cocaine, 7 pounds of marijuana, $12,200 in cash, a pistol, a 2001 Suzuki street bike and a 2001 Ford Explorer, according to a news release from Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. David Turno.

The search was the result of a yearlong undercover investigation linking the drugs from the Augusta home to drug dealers in Aiken, the release states. Lt. Turno said multiple arrests and more search warrants will likely follow in Aiken and Augusta. He said the Augusta address where the most recent seizure occurred isn’t being released. He said officers know who the occupant of the Augusta house is, but they’re not releasing his name yet.

Lt. Turno said the drugs seized this week have a street value of about $125,000, making it a “fairly large” bust.

Agencies involved in the case other than Aiken were ATF, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes Division.

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