Officers developed information during an on-going investigation of drug dealing in the Gaston community that a large amount of marijuana would be transported to Pine Ridge, Metts said. Officers said they saw the suspects riding in a pickup truck and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
Officers spotted two large plastic trash bags in the bed of the pickup, Metts said. Marijuana was seen from the open end of the bags.
In the bags were 16 plastic zip-lock bags that each held about one pound of marijuana, Metts said. Officers also said they found three bales of marijuana in the cab of the pickup. Each bale weighed about 13 pounds, he said. A shotgun and $956 in cash were also found in the truck, Metts said.
A Columbia woman is behind bars after pleading guilty to her involvement in trafficking six tons of marijuana.
According to the Richland County Solicitor's Office, Angela Fuller was arrested in July of 2007 and admitted to purchasing cocaine from an undercover Richland County deputy.
She also confessed to being a part of a drug ring alleged to have trafficked 40 kilos of cocaine and 12,000 pounds of marijuana in the two years prior to her arrest.