GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Police say three men were busted with drugs during an unrelated investigation into a church fire.
Part of Bethel Baptist Church was destroyed in a Thursday night fire that engulfed its historic sanctuary and old education wing.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation as of Monday.
According to a police report, Jeffrey Tyrone Miller, 37, of Gaffney became irate towards a firefighter and S.C. Law Enforcement Division members going door-to-door for the fire investigation on Friday.
Gaffney police responded to the home on W. Floyd Baker Boulevard where an officer reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.
Police found five gallon-sized plastic bags with what appeared to be marijuana while searching the home. The Gaffney Ledger reports police also seized about $4,800 in cash.
The suspects identified in the report are Lamont Dawkins, 39, of Spartanburg; Roland Ricco Foster, 34, of Union and Jeffrey Tyrone Miller, 37, of Gaffney.
Dawkins and Miller are each charged with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana, while Foster was charged with manufacturing possession other substance schedule, according to jail records.