Detour on Charleston Highway amid law enforcement operation

Detour on Charleston Highway amid law enforcement operation

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An investigation that resulted in the blocking Charleston Highway Friday evening reportedly involved the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Up to a dozen law enforcement vehicles were present at a residence outside Orangeburg between 6 and 7 p.m., with the road later being closed, according to a report from the Times and Democrat.

Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office personnel were on the scene directing traffic, which was being detoured onto LaQuinta and Weatherford. Orangeburg County Emergency Management personnel were also present.

The unfolding Orangeburg events came as The Associated Press reported that federal agents have seized 35 tons of a chemical used to make methamphetamine at the Port of Charleston and are investigating whether the contraband is tied to a drug operation.

The DEA told Charleston media outlets that the chemical, benzaldehyde, was found in 55-gallon drums at the port on Aug. 17.

There was enough of the chemical to fill two 20-foot steel shipping containers. It was enough to make about 60 tons of meth.

The drug was not properly declared through customs and authorities think it was being shipped by drug traffickers.

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