Six-month investigation leads to drugs, weapons charges


CENTRAL — An investigation by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has led to an arrest in Central and the closing of what appears to be an ongoing methamphetamine operation.

Anthony “Tony” Ray Whitfield of 109 Oak Grove Road in Central was arrested June 11 and faces an extensive list of charges as a result of the combined efforts of both departments. He remains in custody at the Pickens County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

The investigation began six months ago, a combined effort by PCSO personnel and agents from SLED, following the receipt of information concerning possible drug distribution at the Oak Grove Road residence.

Whitfield was arrested without incident June 11, and along with a list of charges, officers seized a bevy of items during the arrest.

According to details provided by PCSO officials, officers and agents seized two stolen firearms, two sawed-off shotguns, a stolen four-wheeler, morphine, and a quantity of methamphetamine in excess of 10 grams.

Whitfield is awaiting a bond hearing on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine (third offense), trafficking in methamphetamine (third offense/SLED charge), possession of morphine, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and two counts of receiving stolen goods.

“I have given ample notice to drug dealers in this county that it might not be today or it might not be this week but if you continue to poison yourself and this community with your illegal activity, we will identify you, we will investigate you and you will be arrested,” Sheriff Rick Clark said in a statement. “Get help or leave this county.”

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