Orangeburg deputies seize more than $25,000 worth of 'high-grade' marijuana

Marijuana seized in drug raid in Orangeburg (Provided/Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that narcotics investigators have seized more than $25,000 in high-grade marijuana during a raid Friday morning.

“We have taken one individual into custody and issued another 10 citations in connection with this seizure,” the sheriff said. “This entire operation was in response to citizens’ complaints of drug activity in the area.”

Stuart Adgerson, 43, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school or park and also possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.

A bond hearing for the Florida man is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Ravenell said that after hearing complaints from citizens of drug activity in the Wilkinson Liberty Avenue area of Orangeburg, narcotics investigators identified an apartment that was being used as a location to sell drugs.

Surveillance determined the Florida man stayed only a few days a week at the Orangeburg apartment, which is located near the Greater Faith Baptist Church. A nursery at the church facility was checked on prior to any movements by the officers.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, narcotics investigators raided the apartment after determining Adgerson was present, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators said after he discovered law enforcement entering all doors of the apartment, Adgerson attempted to hide a loaded .380 caliber handgun by tossing it in a toilet bowl, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators found in a large carrying case five individually wrapped bags of high-end marijuana, a jar of loose marijuana, digital scales, and around $1,000 in U.S. currency, according to the sheriff's office.

Inside the apartment were nearly two dozen boxes of plastic bags, according to the sheriff's office.

Ten other people were issued citations for attempting to possess marijuana after they approached the apartment.

Each of the 10 admitted to their intent, investigators said.

“Mr. Adgerson could be called a mid-level dealer, but there’s no doubt he could be defined as ‘busy,’ at least prior to 11 a.m. this morning,” Ravenell said. “This is what happens when the good citizens of this county get tired of these drug dealers staining our community. They did their part, we did our part. This is a working hand in hand with one another.”

There is not a mugshot available at this time.

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