Law enforcement sweep in Berkeley County leads to arrests, drug seizures

Twenty-four people were taken into custody and 5 pounds of marijuana and eight video poker machines seized during a “major weekend sweep,” according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Patrols from multiple agencies saturated the Goose Creek area searching for criminal activity and locating wanted individuals.

Of the 24 arrests, seven were for drug violations. There were 17 warrants served and nine alcohol establishment violations, 109 citations and 42 warnings issued.

Lewis said the raids will be the first of many sweeps throughout the county in the coming weeks and months.

“My office is committed to getting drugs off the streets and putting criminals behind bars,” Lewis said. “I thank all of the agencies involved for their efforts. This weekend’s efforts come from not only my commitment to making our communities safer but also in response to the public’s desire for a greater law enforcement presence in this area.”

Sheriff Duane Lewis coordinated efforts between his office; the Goose Creek Police Department; the State Law Enforcement Division; the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; the S.C. Highway Patrol; and the U. S. Marshals Service, according to a release.

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