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Effingham drug bust nets cocaine, weapons, press, baby laxative

Azell Burrell Gee (Source: Florence County Detention Center) Azell Burrell Gee (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

EFFINGHAM, SC (WMBF) – A 37-year-old man was charged with trafficking in cocaine after a drug bust netted powder cocaine, weapons, scales, and equipment to press the powder into bricks mixed with baby laxative, according to a Florence County Sheriff's Office news release.

Specially-trained narcotics investigations with FCSO executed a search warrant in the 3500 block of Savannah Grove Road near Effingham Monday and arrested Azell Burrell Gee.

Investigators seized about 35 grams of powder cocaine, one 223-caliber assault-style rifle, a handgun, and multiple magazines with ammunition, FCSO officials stated. Investigators also seized scales, a 12-ton bearing press, and steel plates used to press the cocaine powder into bricks.

Officials also found a quantity of inositol powder, or baby laxative, which they say is commonly used by traffickers to adulterate the cocaine before sale and distribution to maximize profit.

The bust and arrest was the culmination of a three-month investigation into illegal activity in the area, the release states.

Gee was released from the Florence County Detention Center on a $20,000 surety bond.

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