Drug bust in Aiken County

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 26, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office said at least seven people have been arrested, after a drug bust in the Currytown area. Neighbors said the drugs have been a longtime problem.

Melissa Carter said the drugs have been going on in her neighborhood for five years.

"I was afraid for my kids because they were selling drugs at the bus stops sometime and anything can happen," Melissa Carter said.

"We want them to be safe," Roosevelt Curry said.

He's talking about his children and is concerned for their safety. Neighbors said they are fed up with the noise and strange cars driving around in their neighborhood. Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt said, seven people were arrested Friday, after a drug bust at Currytown Lane and Ridge Road in North Augusta. It all started at a routine call for a stolen golf cart. When a deputy pulled up to a home in that area, ten people dropped guns and different types of drugs, and ran into the woods. Sheriff Hunt said along with they drugs, they also found seven pit bulls.

"Usually, when you see a case such as this with guns and drugs and dog fighting, it all goes together," Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt said.

Two people were arrested as they tried to buy drugs from the home. Investigators said they seized an SUV which had drug items inside, a black pick-up truck that had marijuana inside, as well as some four-wheelers and a dirt bike they said were stolen.

"It's been a problem for years and years but you know we didn't know how to stop it."

So this neighborhood came up with a solution. They came together and had meetings about the drug problem and put up signs in the neighborhood. Signs that read, "The Drugs Got To Go", "Please Help Michael Hunt", and "If Its Drugs...Wrong Driveway...Next Left". Neighbors said the signs finally paid off. Sheriff Hunt said the pit bulls may have been involved in dog fighting. Neighbors said they hope drug dealers think twice before coming back to their neighborhood.

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  • by Anonymous Location: South Carolina on Nov 3, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    OMG, I used to hang around there, and also buy drugs, untill i recently gave my life to Christ, and He set me free INSTANTLY. Do you know how to find out who got arrested?? Man, it took the cops long enough, they ran that street, and no cops hardly EVER roamed around there. Is there a way I can find out what type of dirtbike it was?? (GLAD they FINALLY did something)
  • by aikencitizen on Oct 31, 2007 at 06:23 AM
    Anonymous - Why? did you drop some when you ran?
  • by Terry Location: home on Oct 29, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    I know for a fact that suspicious activity and drug activity is being reported in 30906. Since 2000. Unfortunately since our family was the only one on the block not involved in criminal activities after the druggies ran every other law-abiding family away, no matter what you reported to dispatch all the hoods' girlfriends got together and would bear false witness so that the person reporting was made to look like a nutcase. This type of activity intensified every time one of their drug-trafficking network in the larger community was arrested for cocaine possession or distribution. The law-abiding family would be targeted immediately, not understanding why until discovering neighbors indictments in the media weeks later. These drug-traffickers and co-dependents will target you in many ways, including trying to set you up to look like you are the problem, not them. To prevent being an easy target, don't call dispatch from your home phone/meet officer somewhere other than your home.
  • by anonymous Location: north augusta on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:32 AM
    i am proud to live in south carolina. you rarely hear about arrests in georgia. the deputies and law inforcements are definetly doing their jobs in aiken county, they have arrested a lot of people lately and making our neighborhoods and streets safer. I dont know what richmond and columbia cty are doing i guess worrying about 2 mile over speeding tickets and how many donuts they can eat in a day. Thank you south carolina law inforcement. keep up the hard work.
  • by Redbud Location: Aiken County on Oct 27, 2007 at 03:38 PM
    Who made the comment"It's been going on for years and we did'nt know what to do about it " ?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2007 at 08:34 AM
    how many lbs or ounces of drug were found
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