Suspicious person report leads to drug, weapons arrest

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Deputies with the Georgetown County's Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Justin James Poston early Thursday morning on a suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine and for the possession of firearms during a violent crime.

According to information released by the sheriff's office, deputies responded to the Rose Hill Road area Wednesday night after reports of a suspicious person near the Rose Hill Church.

Officers found a baggie of meth in Poston's pocket which allowed deputies to take him into custody and search his vehicle which resulted in the discovery of numerous firearms and rounds of ammunition, according to Public Information Officer Jason Lesley.

Officers also found vials of liquid said to be animal steroids, a pipe, needles, cash, and rock like substances believed by authorities to be meth.

Pictures released by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office show 4 wooden rifles and 2 modern assault style rifles, as well as the substances perceived to be drugs and drug related materials.

WMBF News reached out to the sheriff's office to learn more about the possession of firearms during a violent crime charge. Poston did not have to fire any of the guns to be convicted of a violent crime, according to Lesley. South Carolina state law defines both the manufacturing and trafficking of methamphetamine as a violent crime.

Poston is currently being held in the Georgetown County Detention Center pending charges and a bond hearing.

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