SILVERSTREET — A Silverstreet man was arrested on multiple drug charges following a series of undercover drug buys from the man’s house over the last several months.
Derrikus Raphael Oliver, 33, of 309 Green Acres Lane, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He has been denied bond.
Sheriff Lee Foster said investigators also found pistols inside the home.
Foster said that investigators made several undercover drug buys from the residence over the last several months. He said that the investigation culminated when deputies served a search warrant on the residence last Thursday.
Once inside the residence, investigators located more than 15 grams of crack, approximately 40 grams of cocaine, and several ounces of marijuana. Foster said they found two pistols inside the residence.
“This is another example of the partnership between law enforcement and community,” said Foster. “The residents of this community brought the unusual activity at this residence to our attention and we were able to conduct an investigation into this matter identifying the residence as a place that was conducting the sale of illegal drugs.”
Foster credited the community for its help in providing information to police about illegal activities “because law enforcement simply cannot be in all places.
“The second is the public’s understanding that such investigations take time,” he added. “The standard of proof needed for convictions in the court’s today continues to rise so it is imperative that we just not make the arrest, but we insure that the case can and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Foster said Oliver was what is considered a “major player” in the sale of illegal drugs in Silverstreet.
“This is the second large drug arrest we have made in this community within the last three months,” he said. “We are committed to working with all of the communities of Newberry County and when the community and law enforcement communicate and partner, together we can make a difference.”