By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)—————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man earlier today on two drug warrants.
38 year old Ronnie Joe Patterson, Jr. of Curtis Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:52pm.
Patterson, Jr’s arrest comes as a result of the execution of a high risk search warrant that was executed earlier today at the Curtis Drive address. The search warrant was executed by agents of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division as well as the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and the Uniform Patrol Division and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Agents from the Narcotics Division obtained the search warrant as a result of drug buys which occurred at the Curtis Drive address in which Patterson, Jr. is accused of distributing methamphetamine on two occasions, once on March 8th and once on March 9th of this year. Both drug buys were made by an undercover operative working at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.
Agents obtained the two arrests warrants against Patterson, Jr on March 14th.
Investigators and Narcotics Agents also obtained additional warrants today against Patterson, Jr. as a result of the execution of the search warrant.
Narcotics agents have charged Patterson, Jr. with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana for drugs seized from the Curtis Drive residence earlier today.
Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division have also charged Patterson, Jr. with one count each of Second Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Malicious Injury to Personal Property for breaking into a home at a separate address on Curtis Drive earlier this month and for stealing building materials and damaging the home by removing, among other items, interior walls, flooring and building materials.