Cocaine, marijuana, guns seized in North Charleston
Cocaine, marijuana and guns were seized Thursday by North Charleston police, and four suspects were arrested on drug charges as part of “Operation Dirty Laundry.”
The effort on Ashley Shores Drive, South Casaway Lane and Scarpa Street was launched in response to complaints about drug trafficking in the area, police said.
Antonio J. Hamilton Jr., 26, of Ashley Shores Drive, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school. He is also charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Eric Carter, 19; Rayshard McClaru, 24; and Ridonte Calvary, 21, all of Scarpa Street, were arrested for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Calvary also was charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute marijuana from a previous search warrant at his residence in May, police said.
On Thursday, police searched a residence at 2845 Ashley Shores Drive and found about 11/2 ounces of marijuana along with items used to weigh and distribute illegal drugs. A Bersa Thunder .380-caliber handgun with the serial number filed off also was found.
A residence at 3813 Scarpa St. also was searched. There, 9 grams of cocaine, 9 grams of cocaine base and about 71/2 ounces of marijuana, along with items used to weigh and distribute illegal drugs, were found.
Several other vacant residences were searched. At 3804 Ashley Shores Drive, police found an Intratec AB-10 “Tech 9” with a magazine that contained 13 9 mm rounds.
At 3814 Ashley Shores Drive, more than 101/2 ounces of marijuana and 3.3 grams of cocaine were seized. A search of 2864 S. Casaway Lane turned up 8 grams of marijuana and a digital scale.
In the vacant residences, drugs and items seized were in the exterior attached laundry room.
The Narcotics Unit, Intelligence Lead Policing Team, S.P.E.E.D. Team, Gang Intervention Team and detectives participated in the effort.