on July 18, 2009 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

U.S. Attorney confirms drug bust

A Wednesday night drug bust resulted in the arrest of at least four people, U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins has confirmed.

The investigation began in Oconee County, where investigators tracked down what they believed to be a methamphetamine distribution ring. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office investigators tracked the group’s movement to Anderson County, and the investigation then took on a multi-jurisdictional approach.

At approximately 10 p.m., while FBI, DEA, Anderson County and Oconee County deputies attempted to serve a search warrant on one party, Rusty Pointer, several other parties fled.

One vehicle crashed on Asbury Road in Anderson County, while another was tracked down by officers working under federal jurisdiction in Georgia.

Following the search, Pointer and three others identified by authorities by their last names — Pruitt, Osorio-Jamarillo and Frost — were arrested on charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Catoe has set a $1 million security bond for each defendant. Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for 10 a.m., July 28 at the federal courthouse in Greenville.

Information remained limited Friday on the full results of the bust, as it remains an ongoing investigation, but it has been confirmed that at least 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and $126,000 were seized.

“These guys were supplying at least 60 percent of meth in Oconee and Anderson counties,” one investigator said. “This is one of those licks that puts a real dent in it.”