LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotic Unit and SWAT team officials arrested a man on multiple drug charges on Tuesday following a search at a home in Laurens.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies and SWAT team officials executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Houston Street, following a long-term narcotic investigation in reference to the illegal sale of heroin and fentanyl pills.
During the search, investigators also seized an undisclosed amount of cash and a quantity of marijuana.
According to the release, Johnny Melvin Moore, of Laurens, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a schedule II-controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
He was taken to the Johnson Detention Center.
“Our Narcotic Unit has been working day and night to combat the sale of these heroin/fentanyl pills and found Moore to be a key player in the distribution network of these drugs,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said. “I hope to see him spend the rest of his natural life in prison, so he can’t poison our community and our youth any longer.”
“Taking these pills is like playing Russian Roulette because any given pill could be fatal. There is no way for the user to know the amount of fentanyl in each of these counterfeit pills. This is an epidemic across the country and it has received significant media attention, particularly because of the deaths it has caused. This goes to show these drug dealers have no value for human life,” Reynolds said. “We will continue to hunt them down one by one and do everything in our power to put these people in prison where they belong!”