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OCSO Releases Drone Video of Search Warrant Execution Last Friday near Westminster

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is releasing today a :36 video, taken by a drone, of the execution of a high risk search warrant that was conducted last Friday near Westminster.

“Last Friday morning, a high risk search warrant was executed at an address on Jerry’s Drive near Westminster. The search warrant was obtained due to multiple controlled purchases of Methamphetamine in 2021 by undercover operatives, working at the direction of the Sheriff’s Office, from 39 year Jarrett Matthew Moore, who lives at the address where the search warrant was executed,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

“Due also to the controlled purchases, Narcotics agents from the Sheriff’s Office obtained three arrest warrants against Moore on charges of Trafficking in Methamphetamine and one arrest warrant on a charge of Distribution of Methamphetamine,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “We also had concerns about firearms due to information we received during these controlled purchases, and firearms, ammo and body armor was seized from the scene. Based on these factors, we believed that it was prudent to release this video to give our citizens a look at what our deputies face when executing these search warrants as well as the training and planning that goes into these types of operations.”

As the search warrant is executed, a Sheriff’s Office MRAP, a military surplus vehicle utilized to protect citizens and officers, breached a gate of a chain link fence, which allows Sheriff’s Office vehicles that contain members of the S.W.A.T. team, Narcotics Agents, Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division and deputies from the P.A.C.E. (Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement) team entry onto the property.

As deputies were announcing their presence in regards to the search warrant, a male and female subject, 24 year old Cainnan Alan Black of Walhalla and 23 year old Tristan Leigh Gambrell of Westminster, are seen in the drone footage running from the inside of the residence to the wood line behind the residence.

A distractionary device, commonly used in the execution of high risk search warrants, was used.As seen in the video, upon deployment of the distractionary device, Gambrell immediately stopped fleeing from the residence and was taken into custody by deputies on the scene. None of the deputies on the scene discharged their firearms at any time, according to Sheriff Crenshaw.

Black was placed under arrest on five outstanding General Session Bench Warrants. Gambrell was arrested on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine after a quantity of meth was located in a wallet belonging to Gambrell inside of the residence.

Moore was seen by deputies making his way into the attic of the residence. After numerous instructions and commands, Moore eventually exited from the attic and was placed into custody.

During the execution of the search warrant, agents seized additional quantities of Methamphetamine, marijuana and controlled substances. Based on the evidence obtained, Moore was charged additionally with one count each of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, as well as four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

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