GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A quarter of a million dollars worth of meth has been seized in Greenville County.
Law Enforcement officials from the Greenville Co. Drug Enforcement Unit, SLED, and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office busted a methamphetamine distribution ring and arrested three people.
Tina Marie Foust, 34, Chris William Bridwell, 39, and Matthew Scott Waters,34, were arrested.
The subjects were operating from a hotel in the Woodruff-area and attempted to smuggle the illicit drugs into Greenville County from Georgia, according to the Greenville Co. DEU.
DEU Investigators say they intercepted two vehicles entering South Carolina from Georgia. A search of the vehicles identified over 4 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $250,000.
“We continually hear of individuals involved in the drug trade making runs to the Atlanta-area to obtain methamphetamine. Most often, the methamphetamine is supplied by the Mexican cartels. It is the ‘cannonball run’ of drug trafficking,” Commander McEntire said. “Just like the history of the cannonball run highway races, traffickers will utilize runners, makeshift vehicles equipped with hidden compartments, tandem teams, utilize back roads and employ other means to prevent law enforcement from intercepting shipments. Unfortunately for this group, it did not work and we were waiting.”
The investigation is still ongoing and investigators are following up on additional leads.
Michael McLain with the Phoenix Center, an addiction treatment center, said meth is a growing problem in the Upstate.
“The reason why is that it’s a quickly addictive drug,” he explained. “It really can impact the centers of the brains that have to do with motivation, reward, and a desire to repeat that behavior again.”
McLain said it’s having a growing impact on Upstate families, too.
“It is a drug that while in numbers is not as large as opioids or even alcohol problems, when the meth problem does occur… It occurs quickly,” McLain said. “It’s fast addicting and it quickly causes problems in people’s lives.”
Mike Malone with FAVOR, or Face And Voices Of Recovery, said his organization sees the same trend.
“We offer all sorts of ways for people to get help,” Malone said. “They can call our help line, 864- 430-1802. They can come in to an all recovery meeting. We have them every day at noon. We also have them on zoom every day at noon and at night multiple times a week.”
He added they can offer help to more than just users, but anyone abusing the drug and even suppliers.
Both organizations say treatment is available for those who need it.
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