A husband and wife were arrested and more than $33,000 worth of marijuana was seized when North Charleston police narcotics investigators searched a home near Park Circle last week.
According to police spokesman Spencer Pryor, police searched the house Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation. They found 118.6 ounces of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $33,620, along with items generally used to weigh and package marijuana for distribution. Police also found five long guns in the house.
Oliver S. Kennedy, 63, and Laverne B. Kennedy, 69, both of Park Place South, are each charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute near a community center. Their home is not far from the Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle. They were released Friday, each on $100,000 bail set by Charleston County Magistrate Linda S. Lombard.
In an unrelated case, police seized $54,360 worth of marijuana Friday from an apartment on Patriot Boulevard after officers responding to a call detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside an apartment.
Police got a search warrant and found 185.8 ounces of marijuana and a semi-automatic .22-caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number, Pryor said. Three people were in the apartment, and one of them was a child.
Brian Keith Simmons, 22, whose address was unavailable, is charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and child endangerment.
According to court records, Simmons was released on bail Monday from the Dorchester County Detention Center. Information on the amount of bail was unavailable.