UPDATE: Son, parents charged in $180K marijuana bust in Sumter C - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

UPDATE: Son, parents charged in $180K marijuana bust in Sumter Co.

Marianne Hendrix (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office) Marianne Hendrix (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Hendrix (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office) Robert Hendrix (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Hendrix (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center) Michael Hendrix (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)
Sumter County Sheriff's Department members stand behind 62.5 pounds of marijuana seized in Dalzell. (Source: Chad Mills/WIS) Sumter County Sheriff's Department members stand behind 62.5 pounds of marijuana seized in Dalzell. (Source: Chad Mills/WIS)
SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

More than 60 pounds of marijuana was showcased to detail a July 5 bust that led to the arrest of a Dalzell couple and their son on Thursday.

The trio arrested in this case, Robert W. Hendrix, 59, Marianne Hendrix, 61, and Michael Hendrix, 30, are charged with trafficking marijuana, a Class E felony carrying up to 10 years in prison or a fine.

They appeared in bond court Friday morning, where bond for Michael was set at $20,000 and $15,000 for his parents.

The sheriff believes the bust was the largest marijuana seizure in Sumter County history. 

According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, deputies acting on a tip on from Washington state located 63 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $180,000. 

The marijuana was being trafficked from Washington state, where the use of recreational marijuana is legal, and was located in duffel bags and suitcases in the car on Catchall Road in Dalzell.

Deputies say they found the car parked in the driveway of the suspects’ neighbor. That neighbor, who did not want to be identified, was stunned.

"This is unreal for me because it’s in my yard," she said. "You know, the car was parked in my yard. You know, and there were all these cops, and I’m like, ‘People going by. I have neighbors. What are they thinking?’ It had nothing to do with me. Thank God.”

With her neighbors now locked up facing felony charges, the anonymous neighbor believes there’s more to the story.

“They’re really, really good neighbors. I never had any problems. Never had any problems,” she said. “I love Marianne to death. Every time I call home to Atlanta, my mom asks about her.”

The investigation is ongoing. More arrests could be coming.

“We think there may be others that may have been masterminding this,” said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis.

On Thursday, the sheriff said he believes there’s a direct correlation between arresting drug traffickers and reducing violent crime.

Copyright 2017 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:34 AM EST2018-02-22 07:34:20 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:45 PM EST2018-02-23 02:45:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). United States celebrates winning gold after the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). United States celebrates winning gold after the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

    Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds with a 3-2 shootout victory.

    More >>

    Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds with a 3-2 shootout victory.

    More >>
  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:44 PM EST2018-02-23 02:44:38 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    More >>

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    More >>
  • Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)

    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

    More >>

    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly