December 12, 2013
FCSO INVESTIGATORS MAKE ARREST IN MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION
SUSPECT:Lance Eric Miles, age 36, of 249 J.T. Lane, Timmonsville, SC 29161 was arrested by Narcotics Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on December 12, 2013 and charged with Manufacturing Marijuana (S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(b)(2)). See FCSO Booking Website for additional details.
NARRATIVE: Specially trained Narcotics Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lance Eric Miles and charged him with Manufacturing Marijuana. According to Investigation, the two month investigation resulted in the discovery of a sizeable marijuana grow operation at Miles residence in Timmonsville. Investigators seized approximately 177 marijuana plants and sophisticated hydroponic growing system including lights and ventilation. Hydroponically grown marijuana results in more potent marijuana with a higher street value. Investigators estimate that the street value of the marijuana seized at approximately $442,000.00.
Under South Carolina law, Manufacturing Marijuana (first offense) is a felony punishable by up to 5 year in prison and a fine of up to $5000.00 or both. Miles is being held at the Florence County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing before a Florence County Magistrate.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible.
Captain Michael M. Nunn