3 men arrested in marijuana bust

John Schrader

Three men were arrested Saturday and a quantity of drugs and weapons was seized after a concerned citizen told a Charleston police officer that people were moving plants from one house on Briarcliff Drive to another.

Officer Kevin Schlieben was patrolling on South Sherwood Drive when he got the tip, police public information officer Charles Francis said.

Schlieben was able to see two marijuana plants growing in planters outside in the rear of one of the houses, Francis said. Search warrants were obtained and the two houses were searched. Police found 75 marijuana plants, two Ecstasy pills and equipment for growing marijuana at 24 Briarcliff Drive and 28 Briarcliff Drive, Francis said. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $50,000, Francis said.

In addition to the marijuana plants, police found a shotgun, a handgun and two rifles, plus ammunition for all the weapons, Francis said.

According to court records, Ryan Taylor Newton, 22, of 28 Briarcliff Drive, is charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Nathan Andrew Salyer, 23, of 28 Briarcliff Drive, and John Brandon Schrader, 28, of 24 Briarcliff Drive, are charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

All three were taken to the Charleston County Detention Center. During a bond hearing Sunday, bail was set at $65,000 for Newton, $55,000 for Salyer and $22,000 for Schrader. As of Monday night, Newton and Schrader had posted bond and been released. Salyer was still in jail.