Sheriff: $400K in heroin seized in traffic stop

Sheriff: $400K in heroin seized in traffic stop

Credit: Lancaster County Detention Center

(L) Joseph Chasteen; (R) Cody Howard

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. -- The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office announced a large drug bust on Monday afternoon.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, began surveilling a home in the 11700 block of Harrisburg Road last Wednesday.

Authorities observed 25-year-old Joseph Shawn Chasteen and 18-year-old Cody Howard leaving the residence. Knowing that Chasteen didn't have a driver's license, officials conducted a traffic stop.

In the stop, officers located approximately four pounds of heroin, a sawed-off shotgun, a small amount of marijuana, balloons filled with heroin, scales, plastic bags and a vacuum sealer. The Sheriff's Office says the heroin seized has a street value of $400,000.

Chasteen and Howard were both arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of marijuana.

Bond was denied for both Chasteen and Howard upon their booking into the Lancaster County Detention Center.

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