Deputies found $46,000 worth of marijuana growing at a Johns Island home early Saturday after getting into a lengthy standoff with the 66-year-old man living there, they said.
Edward Hamilton of Shoran Lane was arrested on a charge of manufacturing marijuana, and his bail was later set at $50,000.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office first responded to his community south of River Road around 11 p.m. Friday after a neighbor said Hamilton threatened to get a gun and shoot him during an argument, according to an incident report.
When they went to Hamilton's home, a deputy and a state constable smelled marijuana and saw plants "protruding from the side of his residence," the report stated.
Hamilton ignored the authorities' attempts to coax him out through a voice amplifier, so a SWAT team, crisis negotiators and narcotics investigators showed up.
For hours, Hamilton refused to come out, so the SWAT team went into the home and captured him, according to the report.
Deputies found 23 marijuana plants, the street value of which they estimated to be $46,000, or $2,000 per plant.
The neighbor who said he was scared for his life when he called for deputies' help did not want to pursue charges against Hamilton, the report stated.
Deputies finally left the scene around 5 a.m. Saturday.
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