ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration seized about 50 pounds of methamphetamine worth $1.1 million, according to Sheriff Chad McBride.
The bust was made Wednesday.
“People, they get on meth, you know they’ll do anything to feed that habit…steal, cheat, kill if necessary,” McBride said.
The amount of meth taken would be enough for about 15,000 to 20,000 “highs,” McBride said.
The bust also resulted in several guns and nearly $20,000 in cash seized.
“Meth is…the number one thing we’re fighting out here on the street,” McBride said.
The drug has been a problem for years, according to Anderson County investigators. They said there used to be hundreds of local meth labs, but now the vast majority of the drug comes across the border from Mexico.
“As it makes its way through the veins of roadways through America, this impacts communities everywhere,” McBride said.
Sitting between Atlanta and Charlotte, Anderson County is a prime location for trafficking, according to the sheriff. As drug use continues, other crimes follow.
“I could almost link crimes back to drugs, probably 90 to 95 percent of the time,” McBride said.
Domestic violence, burglaries, and stealing are among the crimes McBride said he sees committed because of meth.
“Probably 80 percent of all drugs that are on the streets is methamphetamines,” he said.
As of Thursday, one person has been arrested in the bust.
A spokesman with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Brittney Stephens.
The 31-year-old Simpsonville woman is charged with trafficking in meth or cocaine base, according to jail records.
Stephens is booked in the Anderson County Detention Center.