LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Multiple men were charged with drug trafficking when officers searched two homes in South and North Carolina, leading to the seizure of large amounts of drugs, money and two assault rifles.
According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 4, 2019, officials from multiple law enforcement agencies ended a drug investigation, resulting in LSD trafficking charges on a Lancaster man and three NC men.
The investigation revealed that 23-year-old Christopher Dustin Owens was selling LSD from his home in Lancaster to people in North Carolina.
While under surveillance, Owens left his home and drove to a parking lot in Charlotte, where he met an undercover source and is believed to have sold him 1,000 doses or “hits” of suspected LSD.
Owens was arrested in North Carolina and remains there on several charges.
Task Force agents got a search warrant and looked through Owens’ home on Jan. 4.
During the search, agents recovered 1,257 hits of suspected LSD, 169 suspected Ecstasy pills, 35 grams of suspected Marijuana, mushrooms containing suspected Psilocybin, multiple items of drug paraphernalia including bongs, pipes, grinders, and scales, an AK 47 rifle and $1,387 cash.
LSD is commonly infused onto small squares on sheets of paper called “botch” paper. Agents seized a binder containing multiple sheets of botch paper but have not yet determined whether those sheets contain LSD.
They will be analyzed at the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) lab to determine if additional charges will be made.
Search warrants were also served at two homes in Forsyth County which led to the seizure of almost 4,000 hits of suspected LSD, suspected marijuana, another AK 47 rifle and more than $11,000 cash.
Officials say three additional men in North Carolina were charged with Trafficking LSD.
Authorities charged Owens with trafficking more than 1,000 Doses of LSD, trafficking more than 100 Doses of ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime as a result of the items found during the searches.
The warrants will be served upon Owens when he is released from North Carolina custody.
“I am a little surprised at the presence of such a large quantity of LSD in our county. We appreciate the information shared with us by the Mocksville Police Department, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. This joint operation led to the arrest of four people on very serious drug charges and the seizure of several thousand doses of LSD, a large amount of cash, and two firearms," Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said,
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.