Drug-related crime in North Augusta

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News 12 First at Five, November 6, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - People who live in North Augusta describe it as a quiet town. But in the past month, crime has increased.

Since the beginning of October, there have been 4 shootings -- one at Ridgeview Manor Apartments, one on Melody Lane, another on Seymour Drive and most recently, a teenager shot in the leg off of Five Notch Road.

Lt. Tim Pearson says it's out of the ordinary to have so many shootings in less than a month.

"It's not that common to have them. They all seem to have occurred here within the last month or so," said Pearson. "I feel confident that a lot of this is drug-related."

In addition to the shootings, there was also a big drug bust during the past month on Currytown Lane in North Augusta. Police are working around the clock to solve each crime.

"Any crime we're going to give a 110% effort toward solving. We can't tolerate shooting anywhere in the city. When we see something like that we're going to act on it appropriately and quickly," Pearson said.

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