Man arrested after drug investigation

CENTRAL — A Central man is being held without bond on numerous felony drug and weapons charges after a six-month investigation, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

6-17 Page 1A.inddAnthony “Tony” Ray Whitfield, 47, of 109 Oak Grove Road in Central, is charged with two counts of third-offense methamphetamine trafficking, two counts of receiving stolen goods, possession of morphine, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

According to sheriff’s office chief deputy Creed Hashe, Whitfield’s arrest was the result of a six-month joint investigation with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division into alleged drug distribution at Whitfield’s home.

Whitfield was arrested at his home on Thursday without confrontation, Hashe said.

Hashe said two stolen guns, two sawed-off shotguns, a stolen four-wheeler, morphine and more than 10 grams of methamphetamine were seized from the home at the time of the arrest.

“I have given ample notice to drug dealers in this county that it might not be today or it might not be this week, but if you continue to poison yourself and this community with your illegal activity, we will identify you, we will investigate you and you will be arrested,” sheriff Rick Clark said. “Get help or leave this county.”