By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)—————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday and has charged him with drug and weapons charges.
50 year old Howard Eugene Johnson of Gammell Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:47pm on a Temporary Custody Order. He remains in custody at the Detention Center at this time.
While conducting a separate investigation, officers made contact with Mr. Johnson, who was in a building behind a home on Gammell Street. The officers identified themselves and advised Mr. Johnson of the purpose for the officers to be there.
The officers received permission from Johnson to look into his building and consent was given. Officers observed what appeared to be a one pot meth lab in the building. An agent from the narcotics division was notified and responded to the scene.
After a consent to search form was signed, the agent removed the lab from the building and contacted SLED so arrangements could be made to have the lab removed from the property. Also, a quantity of narcotics was recovered from the building.
As the investigation continued, officers learned that Johnson had a firearm in his bedroom of the residence that he lived in and gave officers consent to search the room. After receiving consent, officers located firearms and a quantity of narcotics and ammunition inside the room.
Warrants obtained today against Johnson charge him with one count each of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon by a Person Convicted of a Violent Felony and four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.