SC Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report
A million-dollar marijuana operation was busted in Orangeburg County last week. Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said deputies from his office and the State Law Enforcement Division found 429 plants growing in a backyard.
Ravenell confirmed that the land at Jackson Quarters Road in the town of North was owned by 35-year-old Talice Dixon, who is charged for trafficking marijuana. A second man, 47-year-old Timothy Darby, was also arrested at the scene. He faces a similar charge.
Authorities say the illegal narcotics were seen from the air. Ravenell said the authorities raided the home after the discovery.
An extensive investigation into the manufacture of marijuana in Orangeburg County has resulted in four men being arrested, nearly 500 marijuana plants confiscated, and a value of more than a million dollars of marijuana blocked from ever reaching the streets of this county.
Orangeburg deputies also said they found 63 plants in Neeses, South Carolina, where 49-year-old Vernon Williams was arrested.