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The smell of marijuana led Lancaster Co. sheriff to a stockpile of drugs, cash, guns

A police investigation at a Jamestowne Road home in Lancaster led to finding drugs, eight guns and more than $6,800 in cash.
A police investigation at a Jamestowne Road home in Lancaster led to finding drugs, eight guns and more than $6,800 in cash. Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

After reports of gunshots at an Indian Land home the night before, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office searched the home and found drugs, eight guns and more than $6,800 in cash.

No one was injured when shots were fired Feb. 12, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said.

Two men and one woman were arrested at the Jamestowne Road house Feb. 13 when police searched the home after smelling marijuana, according to a statement from the sheriff.

Jermarcus Kendarryl Coffey, 28, and Toni Leigh Napier, 21, who live at the Jamestowne Road house, and Charles William Rice IV, 27, were all arrested.

Rice was outside the home and was found with a loaded syringe officers suspected contained heroin and methamphetamine, the report states.

“The call from the night before involved the discharge of firearms, but thankfully no one was injured and no property was damaged,” Sheriff Barry Faile said in a statement. “We took the call seriously and followed up on it, which led to the seizure of a substantial quantity of illegal drugs, a bunch of guns, and a lot of cash and the arrest of three people doing things they shouldn’t be doing.”

Investigators and Drug Task Force agents found 5.3 grams of suspected heroin, 62 pills believed to be oxycodone and 7.1 grams of suspected marijuana in the house, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Another 17 grams of marijuana was found in a car parked in the yard, the statement says.

Investigators found eight guns, along with magazines and ammunition, stored throughout the house, the statement says. They found two .40-caliber pistols, one 9mm pistol, two 7.62 x 9mm pistols, an AR-15 style rifle, an AR-15 style pistol and a .38-caliber derringer, the statement says.

“I believe we made the community a little safer last week,” Faile said.

Investigators also found $6,812 in cash, the statement says.

Coffey had $1,516 of the cash and the rest was found in a safe in the house and in the car with the marijuana, the statement says.

Coffey and Napier were both charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime (drug trafficking).

Coffey also was charged with resisting arrest after struggling with an officer, the statement says.

Coffey was denied bond, and Napier’s bond was set at $100,000.

Rice was charged with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $11,000.

All three are still in custody at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Anyone with information should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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