Man accused of trafficking nearly 900 lbs of marijuana back in jail on gun charges

Joseph McLaughlin (Charleston County Detention Center)

A man accused of trafficking nearly 900 pounds of marijuana is back in jail on gun charges.

Joseph Francis McLaughlin, 48, was out on bond following the discovery of 896 pounds of high-grade marijuana, valued around $4 million, in a warehouse in Ladson on Dec. 21, 2018.

During surveillance, authorities say McLaughlin and co-defendant David Thomas Barber, 41, were seen arriving at the warehouse, and detained them. They were booked in Berkeley County.

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McLaughlin was released in Jan. 4 on a $200,000 bond, according to Berkeley County.

He was booked the same day at the Charleston County Detention Center by Charleston County Sheriff's Office for trafficking marijuana and methamphetamine, records show.

He was released the next day, Jan. 5, on a $40,000 bond.

McLaughlin was re-arrested Wednesday, facing additional nine charges of possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon.

An affidavit states guns were found in his West Ashley home on Lord Calvert Drive after a search warrant from the drug arrest.

His bond is $120,000.

He remains in jail Thursday.

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