Crime & Courts

Search yields four arrests, several pounds of ‘spice’

Ashley Fite
Ashley Fite Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

A drug bust yielded four arrests and more than $4,000 in cash after deputies determined a store was selling “spice,” a type of synthetic marijuana.

Deputies arrested store owner Candice Finley, store manager Ashley Fite and customers Richard Fisher and Christopher McGugan May 27 after executing a search warrant at Cloud 9 on Bush River Road, according to a news release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Jay Koon said deputies seized several pounds of spice and about $4,200 in cash from the store that was known for selling drug paraphernalia.

“We’ve been watching the location for quite some time, and clearing out its inventory is important because of the amount of drugs that have been moving in and out of the store,” Koon said.

Finley, 31, and Fite, 33, were each charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. They face up to 10 years in prison each.

Fisher, 31, and McGugan, 33, were charged with possession of a controlled substance after deputies found them at the store during the search. They each face up to five years in prison.

All except for McGugan have bonded out of Lexington County Detention Center.

Anyone with information about about the store can leave anonymous tips to Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.lexingtonsheriff.com.

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