Salley man charged with multiple drug offenses
A Salley man was taken into custody over the weekend and charged with a slew of drug offenses.
Robert Dusty Widener, 34, of 267 Railroad Ave., was arrested Saturday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, disposal of methamphetamine waste, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and driving under suspension, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
According to Capt. Troy Elwell, the Sheriff's Office assisted Salley police with the arrest, which was made possible through tips from residents and informants.
Information came in that methamphetamine was being cooked and distributed from 267 Railroad Ave., which was once Dusty's Muffler and Auto, according to a report.
Investigators went to the property, where they observed a barrel with burning trash which was later identified as possible disposal of methamphetamine waste. The smell of chemicals and sulfur were emitting from the shop and a Jeep SUV was seen parked on the premises.
Salley Police Chief J.D. Bledsoe was contacted by the responding deputies, as well as the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division. Just when the narcotics investigators arrived, the Jeep left the property. A traffic stop was conducted, and Widener, who was identified as the driver, was taken into custody.
Investigators searched the property and found materials that are typically used to manufacture methamphetamine and the drug itself, the report read.