An undercover drug sting featuring an officer posing as a marijuana dealer nabbed a 25-year-old Lexington man Sunday.
Officers also seized about 27 ounces of cocaine worth an estimated $27,000 street value, said Sheriff Jimmy Metts.
Benjamin Jonathan Newman, of 213 Clermont Lakes Drive, is being held at the county detention center on charges of trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in marijuana.
An officer working undercover arranged to “provide” Newman with 50 pounds of marijuana if Newman would give him 27 ounces of cocaine.
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When Newman gave him the cocaine, the officer arrested him, Metts said.
Officers executing search warrants at Newman’s house also found a large grill that had been reported stolen from a Lexington church and an all-terrain vehicle.
Officers involved in the arrest were with the Lexington County multi-agency narcotics enforcement team.
The team is made up of officers from the sheriff’s department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Irmo Police Department, Lexington Police Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The sheriff and municipal police chiefs implemented NET in 2001 in order to enhance the enforcement of drug laws across Lexington County.
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