News 12 at 6 o'clock, August 16, 2007
North Augusta, SC--It's one of the biggest drug busts so far this year in North Augusta. Public Safety got a call around 6 o'clock Wednesday evening.
It was a tip about suspicious activity at the North Augusta Gardens Apartment Complex.
What followed was a 9 hour investigation, and it isn't over yet.
"It led the supervisor to have our K-9 officer respond. We sent out K-9 and our K-9 officer up there. They alerted us to the presence of narcotics," says Lt. Tim Pearson with North Augusta Public Safety.
When officers arrived on the scene, they noticed a gathering of people and some vehicles. And that's not all.
"There were already some narcotics on the ground at the back of one of the vehicles," he adds.
Through the night, they searched one apartment and three vehicles.
There were about 6 pounds of narcotics found with a street value of around $30,000.
They also recovered 4 pistols and arrested Sentinel Johnson, charging her with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. She is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.
"She is facing some serious time." Lt. Pearson says there is a heightened awareness for narcotics now. This is the harvesting season for marijuana.
"This is one of those seasons we know to look," he said. "We usually see an increase in marijuana out there on the streets."
And remember, it all started with a phone call. A simple tip that was critical in taking drugs and weapons off the street.
"Any removal of drugs and particularly weapons is fantastic," adds Pearson.
Felicia Johnson lives at the same apartment complex. She's just glad to know officers are there to protect her and her 2 young children.
"My kids are my life. They are my two babies and I don't want anything to happen to them."
The investigation is not over. Officers are looking for a few more suspects in the case.