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$80K drug bust called ‘a huge win’

First Posted: 6:11 pm - July 30th, 2015

By Corey Friedman - cfriedman@civitasmedia.com



Contributed photo Prescription pill bottles, lidocaine patches and cash are displayed after the Cheraw-Chesterfield County Joint Drug Task Force says it seized more than $80,000 worth of drugs in a Thursday raid.
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RUBY — Authorities say more than $80,000 in prescription pills and nearly $8,000 in cash was seized from a Chesterfield County home in a Thursday drug raid.

Police and sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at a 121 Stevenson Ave. home just before daylight, Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said.

Members of the Cheraw-Chesterfield County Joint Drug Task Force arrested 50-year-old Ridge Steven Oliver and served warrants on 50-year-old Cheryl Kay Lane, who is in jail on meth charges in Anson County, North Carolina.

Oliver is charged with three counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Lane will be extradited to Chesterfield County to face similar charges after her meth charges in Anson County are dealt with.

Authorities say they found dozens of pill bottles and $7,980 in cash during their search of the home.

A photo of seized items also shows prescription lidocaine patches. A local anesthetic used to numb the skin, lidocaine is not considered a recreational drug, but according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center, it can be used to dilute street drugs like cocaine and heroin.

“We are extremely proud of our joint task force, as they have made a huge impact on the distribution of illegal drugs all over Chesterfield County,” Brooks and Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas said in a joint statement. “In just the few months the task force has been working, numerous arrests have been made and large amounts of illegal narcotics are off our streets. This cooperation between the sheriff’s office and Cheraw Police Department has been a huge win for Chesterfield County.”

In a July drug sweep, the task force arrested nine people accused of selling marijuana and prescription pills in Cheraw, Chesterfield and unincorporated areas of the county.

While the roundup and a July 16 raid were conducted by the newly formed task force, records show many of the charges stem from controlled drug buys the sheriff’s office has made for nearly two years.

Police and deputies searched a Godfrey Street home in Cheraw around 6:30 a.m. July 16, seizing 2 ounces of marijuana, four sets of digital scales, a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun and $369 in cash, according to incident reports.

Prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone are among the most-abused medications in the United States, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In many communities, the illicit sale of pain pills has eclipsed street-level demand for cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670 and follow him on Twitter @corey_friedman.

Contributed photo Prescription pill bottles, lidocaine patches and cash are displayed after the Cheraw-Chesterfield County Joint Drug Task Force says it seized more than $80,000 worth of drugs in a Thursday raid.
http://thecherawchronicle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ccso-drug-bust.jpgContributed photo Prescription pill bottles, lidocaine patches and cash are displayed after the Cheraw-Chesterfield County Joint Drug Task Force says it seized more than $80,000 worth of drugs in a Thursday raid.

By Corey Friedman

cfriedman@civitasmedia.com

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