NEWBERRY (WIS) - An ongoing drug investigation landed three Newberry College students in jail charged with growing and possessing marijuana in their home.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster and Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler say that investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, Newberry Police Department, and State Law Enforcement Division executed a search warrant on the residence located on Nance Street, Newberry, SC Thursday morning.
Sheriff Foster said that once inside, officers found an indoor marijuana grow operation with 8 plants, about ½ pound of harvested marijuana, and a number of items used to grow marijuana including soil, fertilizer and lights.
Those arrested were 19-year-old Kieron Giodanni Rankine, 22-year-old Travarious Tara Tucker, both or Newberry and Tharry Leroy Sally Jr., 22 of Blackville.
The three men were each charged with one count each Conspiracy, Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana, and Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana Within Proximity of a School or Park.
Rankine later pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. He paid a fine of $664.35. The other charges were dropped.
Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler said that the investigation into the incident is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated, but would not comment on when those arrests might take place. Swindler said that all three men are students at Newberry College, but live in off campus housing.
All three men were released on a personal appearance bond by a Newberry County Magistrate.