Five Arrested on Trafficking Meth Charges

On 3/11/2020 at approximately 8:30AM, Investigators responded to

13174 Highway 25 in Honea Path in reference to locating stolen equipment. Upon arrival, Investigators observed drug paraphernalia in plain sight; this coupled with the stolen equipment being tracked to this location led to a search warrant being obtained. During the execution of the search warrant, approximately 50 grams of Methamphetamine were discovered at this residence.

The individuals listed below were arrested without incident and charged with the following:

Christopher Coward of Honea Path- Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st offense and Giving False Information to Law Enforcement. Mr. Coward was also wanted by the US Marshall Service for outstanding federal charges.

Amanda Gleason of Fountain Inn- Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 3rd or subsequent offense

Gary Demerest III of Belton- Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st offense

James Garner of Honea Path- Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st offense

Charli Chasteen of Honea Path- Trafficking in Methamphetamine, 1st offense More arrests are pending for this case at this time.

In continuing to search for the stolen equipment, Investigators then went to 210 Horse Creek Drive in Honea Path. Two individuals were taken into custody at that location on unrelated charges. Chase Zucchi was arrested for a Probation and Parole violation and was also charged with Attempted Escape after trying to avoid being arrested. Adrianna Tims was arrested without incident for a Driving Under Suspension bench warrant.

"Theft and drug activity frequently go hand in hand. These individuals prey on hardworking people. Most all of these are repeat offenders. Meth has no place anywhere and I will not tolerate it being brought into Laurens County. These people need to be in jail since they work so hard to put themselves there. I want to remind citizens that our anonymous tip line (864-984-3589) is available to them 24 hours a day should they have information regarding criminal activity. If you see something, say something."

-Sheriff Don Reynolds

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