Crime & Courts

$180K worth of pot from Washington state seized in Sumter County, 3 charged

Marianne and Robert W. Hendrix
Marianne and Robert W. Hendrix

A husband, wife and son in Sumter County were charged Wednesday with trafficking marijuana after authorities seized 63 pounds of pot worth an estimated $180,000, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department said.

Robert W. Hendrix, 59, and Marianne Hendrix, 61, of Dalzell were arrested after authorities developed information during an ongoing investigation that a large quantity of marijuana would be brought into Sumter County at a specific time and place, the Sheriff’s Department said. Michael Anthony Hendrix, 30, of Rembert, turned himself in Thursday afternoon.

If convicted they could each be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison plus a fine.

Investigators learned that the Hendrixes had returned to South Carolina from Washington state with a large haul of marijuana, the incident report states.

Although the use of marijuana by adults is legal in Washington state, it is illegal to take marijuana outside the state, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board says online. The sale of legal marijuana in that state is limited to state-licensed stores and limited to one ounce.

On July 5, deputies went to the Hendrix’s Dalzell home but did not find marijuana in the house or in a parked car, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Another Hendrix vehicle was spotted at a house down the street. Inside, investigators found two large duffle bags and two suitcases that had 48 vacuum-sealed bags of what proved to be marijuana, the report stated.

The Hendrixes are believed to be major players in the marijuana business in the area, sheriff’s department spokesman Ken Bell said.