Sheriff: Marijuana growing operation in Colleton County busted
About 65 pounds of dried and packaged marijuana, as well as more than 1,000 plants in a greenhouse, were seized Friday when a search warrant was executed in Round O, according to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.
A property on Inspiration Drive, in the Harmony Hall subdivision off Jacksonboro Road, was searched by sheriff's deputies accompanied by agents of the State Law Enforcement Division and the Walterboro Public Safety Department, a news release from the Sheriff's Office said.
The greenhouse contained 1,854 plants under cultivation, the release said.
The owner of the property, Michael Robert Rea, 62, was charged with manufacturing marijuana and trafficking marijuana. He was transported to the Colleton County Detention Center.
"I appreciate all of the hard work that was put into this bust," Sheriff R.A. Strickland said in the release. "I am proud of my deputies and we appreciate all of the agencies who assisted today."
According to online court records, Rea was released today on $15,000 bail by Colleton County Magistrate Sophia T. Henderson.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to incorrect information provided to The Post and Courier, an earlier version of this story had an incorrect spelling of Michael Rea's last name.